Young Star CX330 Similar To FU Orionis Star, Dusty Emissions From Nova?

First Posted: Jul 30, 2016 04:30 AM EDT

A young star, which is over 1,000 light-years from a visible star, has been discovered in the Milky Way. Known as CX330 and active because it has emissions surrounded by dust, it challenges scientist on how it went through the process of formation.

Young Star CX330

The young star's location in the Milky Way has surprised scientists because it is separated from gas clouds. Through time, it became a hundred times brighter. The fact has been confirmed by the lead author of the published research, Dr. Chris Britt from Texas Tech University. Young star CX330 is under observation and has been an X-ray source from the time it was discovered, JPL reported.


Britt's published research on Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society stated that the young star has the same characteristics with other stars called FU Orionis. It has intense jumps in luminosity from protoplanetary disk falls to the star.

However, their hypothesis saying that it was a nova or an extragalactic source may explain that the star's behavior has not been confirmed yet. Britt stated that they tried different interpretations on the young star's behaviours but what they were certain in the study is that CX330 was formed anywhere in the Milky Way, Nature World News reported.

According to Professor Thomas Maccarone, a study co-author also at Texas Tech said that the dish has heated where the gas become ionized and this lead to the increasing speed of materials that fall to the young star.  Reportedly, its location in the Milky Way still puzzled the researchers though its luminosity has explained so easy.

CX330 is considered a young star which is a less than 1 million years old, still eats through its own disk.  This means that it must be formed near on its current position. Britt said that it came from a region that stars usually formed then it should not be there in its lifetime without stripping away the disk. The young star, CX330, has been suggested by Britt's team that it was formed in a tiny turbulent cloud on its critical density.

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