Amazing telescopes produce hot space images

Ground-based telescopes continue to produce some of world's important space discoveries

Astronomers ESO telescopes grabbed what they called the first image of a dusty disc closely encircling a massive baby star, providing direct evidence that massive stars form in the same way as smaller ones. The team of astronomers looked at an object known by the cryptic name of IRAS 13481-6124. About 20 times the mass of our sun and five times its radius, the young central star, which is still surrounded by its pre-natal cocoon, is located in the constellation of Centaurus, about 10,000 light-years away.

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