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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

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

Name
BHR 71
Type
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
Distance
600 Light Years

Color Mapping

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

Astrometrics

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