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Contact: Gertie Skaarup
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University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute

Protostar Surrounded by Gas and Dust Cloud

Caption: The picture shows the young protostar in the center surrounded by the gas and dust cloud. The red color shows the organic molecule, methanol, for which the radiation is concentrated close to the center. The blue color shows the HCO+ molecule with a clear extended ring-structure. The inner yellow ring is an indication where the temperature is 100 degrees above the absolute zero (-173 C) with the current luminosity of the star while the outer yellow ring shows where this temperature was reached when the star was a hundred times brighter.

Credit: (Credit: Jes Jørgensen (Niels Bohr Institute).

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