Kitt Peak Spectrograph confirms new star
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 59, Issue 5, pages 452–453, May 1978
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Using a rapid-scanning Fourier transform spectrometer with the 4-m telescope, scientists from the Kitt Peak National Observatory recently identified the infrared source in the constellation Orion as a newly formed star, probably one of the youngest ever found. Estimating that this star began its life within the past few thousand years, Donald N . B. Hall and his KPNO colleagues report observations showing the object as a B-class star in its very earliest stages of evolution. The region in which the new star was detected has been studied closely for over a decade after E. E. Becklin and G. Neugebauer discovered the infrared source. Because stars are born deep within opaque clouds of dust and gas, their formative stages are generally hidden from optical observations.