Visible Light Image of BHR 71
Sig07 005c

Credit: VLT/J. Alves (ESO), E. Tolstoy (Groningen), R. Fosbury (ST-ECF), & R. Hook (ST-ECF)

Observation • April 17th, 2007 • sig07-005c


Two rambunctious young stars are destroying their natal dust cloud with powerful jets of radiation. The stars are located approximately 600 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called BHR 71.

In visible light, BHR 71 is just a large black structure. The burst of yellow light toward the bottom of the cloud is the only indication that stars might be forming inside.

About the Object

BHR 71
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Protostar
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Young Stellar Object
Star > Circumstellar Material > Outflow
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Type > Jet
Nebula > Appearance > Dark > Molecular Cloud
600 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Optical 440 nm VLT
Optical 550 nm VLT
Optical 700 nm VLT


Position (J2000)
RA =12h 1m 41.9s
Dec = -65° 8' 45.3"
Field of View
6.7 x 6.7 arcminutes
North is up