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MWC 147

The young star MWC 147, a Herbig Ae/Be object with a few solar masses, is still in it's growth phase, swallowing material from outside. It was the first of those stars whose inner part of its disk could be observed directly. This is very hot and self-illuminating, receiving material from the outer part and passing it on to the star.

Constellation: Monoceros
Age: 500 000 years
Distance: 2600 light-years
Spectral class: B6pe
Visual magnitude: 8.81

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Photo: ESO, Stéphane Guisard

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