The Birth Of A Star Essay

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A star is a self-radiant divine body consisting of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity. The birth of a star begins inside a molecular cloud. Stars form inside these somewhat dense concentrations of interstellar gas and dust. The process of star formation has long been a mystery because of viewing limitations. Large amounts of small solid particles blocked our view of the stars which are beyond the molecular cloud.
Infrared technology now provides some insight on how a star is formed. Cloud cores contain sources of fierce infrared radiation, evidence of energy from collapsing protostars (potential energy converted to kinetic energy). Also, young stars are found surrounded ...view middle of the document...

This is one that is visible with the naked eye. These clouds are stellar nurseries which contain enough material to form thousands of stars.
The Orion Nebula contains one of the brightest star clusters in the night sky. This nebula is easily visible during the winter months from the Northern Hemisphere. On March 4, 1769, Charles Messier inducted the Orion Nebula, M42, into his list of stellar objects. The Orion Nebula is one of the neighboring stellar regions to the Earth. Using parallax measurements, it has been projected that this nebula is only 1,500 light years away. Also, the Orion Nebula is a relatively young star cluster; it has an approximate age of less than one million years. There has even been speculation that some of the younger stars within the cluster are only 300,000 years old. Therefore, it has been an ideal target of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) over recent years. The HST has provided countless insight into the complicated process of star formation.
One integral representative of molecular clouds is that they are dense condensations in widely dispersed, mostly atomic gas. Although molecular clouds may appear to have acute...

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