The ALMA observations give astronomers their best ever look at the formation of a "monster star" (Image: ESO)
A composite image of Spitzer Space Telescope and ALMA observations of the SDC (Image: ESO)
A dust-obscured wide-field view of the SDC's location in the constellation of Norma (Image: ESO)
The cloud in which the embryonic star resides is located in the constellation of Norma (Image: ESO)
Astronomers have used the Atacama Large Milimeter/submilimeter array (ALMA) in Chile to view the largest stellar womb ever observed in the Milky Way. The gigantic object, which resides within the Spitzer Dark Cloud (SDC), is some 500 times the size of the Sun, and is still experiencing growth.
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