A young star takes centre stage

With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

The star in the centre, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the dark cloud LDN 981 — or, more commonly, Lynds 981 — had previously been defined as a T Tauri star. A T Tauri is a young star — or Young Stellar Object — that is starting to contract to become a main sequence star similar to the Sun.

What makes V1331Cyg special is the fact that we look almost exactly at one of its poles. Usually, the view of a young star is obscured by the dust from the circumstellar disc and the envelope that surround it. However, with V1331Cyg we are actually looking in the exact direction of a jet driven by the star that is clearing the dust and giving us this magnificent view.

Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, Karl Stapelfeldt (GSFC), B. Stecklum and A. Choudhary (Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Germany)
Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1509a/


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  • Artist: Kunio Hagio
  • Card Name: Impatience
  • Card Number: no 197
  • Card Text: At the beginning of each player’s end step, if that player didn’t cast a spell this turn, Impatience deals 2 damage to him or her.
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  • Converted Mana Cost: 3
  • Expansion: Seventh Edition
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