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News Release 67 of 938

February 7, 2013 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-04

Strobe-like Flashes Discovered in a Suspected Binary Protostar

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Image: Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361

Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361 Artist's Concept

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

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Montage Image: Protostar LRLL 54361 Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration Protostar LRLL 54361PRC2013-04a Star-forming Region IC 348 Around Protostar LRLL 54361 — Spitzer Image Type: Astronomical Star-forming Region IC 348 Around Protostar LRLL 54361 — Spitzer Protostar LRLL 54361 Light Echo — Hubble Image Type: Astronomical Protostar LRLL 54361 Light Echo — Hubble

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