About the Image
- NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. A. Gutermuth (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
About the Object
- NGC 1333 • IRAS-4b
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- Nebula > Appearance > Reflection
- 1,000 Light Years
|Infrared||3.6 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||5.8 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
- Position (undefined)
- RA = 3h 29m 42.3s
- Dec = 31° 18' 44.8"
- Field of View
- 0.0 x 0.0 arcminutes
- North is up
Steamy Star in NGC 1333
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a stellar nursery called NGC 1333. Spitzer discovered that a pre-planetary disk of dust surrounding an embryonic star within this region, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B, is drenched with water vapor.
NGC 1333 is located about 1,000 light-years away in the Perseus constellation. It is a cloud of gas and dust that is busy manufacturing new stars. Spitzer surveyed four of the very youngest stars in this region and 26 others elsewhere, but found only one, NGC 1333-IRAS 4B (see inset), with water vapor. This might be because NGC 1333-IRAS 4B is in just the right orientation for Spitzer to view deep inside the developing star system and detect the water vapor.
News Release Water Vapor Seen 'Raining Down' on Young Star System ssc2007-14
Image Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear in a Young Solar System ssc2007-14a
Image Steamy Star in NGC 1333 ssc2007-14b
Image Steamy Solar System ssc2007-14c
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Image NGC 1333 in the Infrared ssc2005-24a1
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