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Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361
Ssc2013 04b

Credit: NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

Artwork • February 7th, 2013 • ssc2013-04b


This is an artist's impression of two young binary stars that may be the source of mysterious clock-like bursts of light from an object called LRLL 54361 that lies inside the star-forming region IC 348, located 950 light-years away. Astronomers propose that the flashes are due to material in a circumstellar disk suddenly being dumped onto the growing young stars and unleashing a blast of radiation each time the stars get close to each other in their orbit.

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