JWST Looks at a Protostar

The James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam given us a new look atfthe protostar in the dark cloud L1527. The clouds within the Taurus star-forming region are only visible in infrared light, making it an ideal target for JWST’s Near-Infrared Camera. The protostar itself is actually hidden in the neck of the hourglass shaped clouds, but a protoplanetary disk is seen edge-on as a dark line across the middle of the neck. Light from the protostar illuminates cavities within the surrounding gas and dust.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA /CSA / STScI

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