- The disk around IRAS 13481-6124
- Image of the matter that is present around the young massive star IRAS 13481-6124 (left) obtained with AMBER on the VLTI. This matter is located in a disk around the central star (right).
A team of astronomers led by S. Kraus has just published a Nature paper on a massive YSO imaged with the AMBER instrument and a combination of other techniques. In addition to be the first mas-scale image of a massive young star in the near-infrared, this paper contributes to answer the question whether massive star formation is similar or not to less massive counterparts.
For more information:
the ESO press release: "Unravelling the Mystery of Massive Star Birth"
the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) press release: "Blick in die Wiege eines Sterns" (in German)
the CNRS/INSU press release: "Des étoiles massives naissent aussi d’un disque d’accrétion !" (in French)
The manuscript (and the supplementary information) can be accessed on the Nature website: "A hot compact dust disk around a massive young stellar object", by S. Kraus et al. Nature 15/07/2010.