About the Image
About the Object
- Star > Evolutionary Stage > Protostar
- Nebula > Type > Jet
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- Nebula > Appearance > Dark
- 815 Light Years
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 20h 39m 6.1s
- Dec = 68° 2' 16.0"
- Field of View
- 17.5 x 21.6 arcminutes
- North is 354.8° left of vertical
Spinning Top Star: Visible Light View
A rare, infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us what our own solar system might have looked like billions of years ago. In visible light, this star and its surrounding regions are completely hidden in darkness.
Stars form out of spinning clouds, or envelopes, of gas and dust. As the envelopes flatten and collapse, jets of gas stream outward and a swirling disk of planet-forming material takes shape around the forming star. Eventually, the envelope and jets disappear, leaving a newborn star with a suite of planets. This process takes millions of years.
L1157 is located 800 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus.
News Release Embryonic Star Captured with Jets Flaring ssc2007-19
Image Spinning Top Star ssc2007-19a
Video Pulling Back the Curtain of Dust ssc2007-19v1
Video Protostellar Jets (Gallery Explorer) hiddenuniverse019
Image Baby Picture of our Solar System ssc2007-19a1
Image Spinning Top Star: Visible Light View ssc2007-19a2