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Unformatted text preview: Protostar Young stars are social---fragmentation of the giant molecular cloud produces protostars that form at about the same time. Stars are observed to be born in clusters. Other corroborating evidence for this is that there are no isolated young stars. This observation is important because a valuable test of the stellar evolution models is the comparison of the models with star clusters. That analysis is based on the assumption that the stars in the clusters used to validate the models all formed at about the same time. The Hubble Space Telescope has directly observed protostars in the Orion Nebula and the Eagle Nebula (in the Serpens constellation). The protostars it has observed have been prematurely exposed. The intense radiation from nearby hot O or B-type stars has evaporated the dust and driven away the gas around the smaller still-forming stars. In more than one case in the Orion Nebula, all of the gas has been blown away to leave just the dark dust disk with the protostar in...
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- Fall '10
- Astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope, Orion Nebula, Space Telescope, Protostar Young stars, prominent cocoon nebula