Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361

Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361

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News release ID: STScI-2013-04
Release Date: Feb 7, 2013
Image Use: Copyright
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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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Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Multiple Star Systems, Stars

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NASA, ESA, and R. Hurt (Caltech/Spitzer Science Center)