IRAS 20324: Evaporating Protostar
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS
At about 4,500 light years away from us in the star constellation of Cygnus, this interstellar cloud is about one light year across. Take a trip across the sky with this video as it zooms in on this caterpillar-shaped collection of dust and gas.
What the star will look like once all the dust has settled, no one knows. But with energetic winds and light wearing away the dust and gas that may have formed the star, we’ll have to wait and see….but that may take another 100,000 years! And that’s a long time to wait!