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ALMA telescope captures birth of a baby star

Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 11:49

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

Cape Canaveral: With the help of ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) telescope, scientists have captured the birth of a baby star.

The glowing star mass is named Herbig-Haro 46/47 and is situated about 1,400 light years from Earth in the southern constellation Vela the Sails.

The photos of the newborn star illustrate some material streaming out at an extraordinarily fast speed and then eventually glowing up when it crashes into the neighbouring gases.

Scientists have taken the discovery as a great step forward towards better understanding of the complex process of the birth of a star.

ALMA is a joint project by the United States, the European Union, Canada, Chile, Japan and Taiwan and is worth USD 1.35 billion. The ALMA telescope is an array of 66 of individual radio telescopes located in Chile and is the most powerful telescope ever built.

First Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 11:49
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