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HP Tau, which is barely 10 million years old, is the youngest star in the group imaged. It has not yet begun its nuclear fusion process and is covered by dense clouds of gas and dust. This young star is in the early stages of its formation and will eventually transform into a star similar to the Sun, shining with its own light in the night sky.

The image shows HP Tau glowing from inside a hollowed-out cavity in a billowing cloud of gas and dust. These nebulae, seen in shades of blue, reflect the light of nearby stars, creating a visual spectacle similar to that of a lantern illuminating the surrounding fog. The thick swirls of gas and dust not only contribute to the aesthetics of the image, but also play a fundamental role in the formation and evolution of the star, as these materials will eventually be absorbed and contribute to its growth.

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured HP Tau, a young star located in the Taurus constellation, about 550 light years from Earth.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a unique image of HP Tau

According to the publication Space, this impressive photograph not only highlights the beauty of the cosmos, but also underlines the importance of Hubble in the observation and understanding of the universe. For almost 35 years, this telescope was an essential tool for astronomers, allowing them to explore cosmic phenomena in unprecedented detail.

HP Tau’s brightness is not constant, but rather fluctuates over time, a characteristic that scientists attribute to both its chaotic nature and its youth. These random changes in brightness may be due to surrounding material falling into the star and being devoured, as well as flares exploding on its surface. Additionally, more periodic fluctuations could be related to sunspots that appear and disappear as the star rotates. This dynamic activity is a sign of the intense processes that occur in the early stages of stellar life.

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured HP Tau, a young star located in the Taurus constellation, about 550 light years from Earth.

HP Tau is barely 10 million years old

According to the scientists who studied this image, the Sun in its young version, about 4.6 billion years ago, was significantly more active than today. During that time, the young Sun was experiencing flares every week and its brightness was barely a third of what we see today. This comparison is crucial to understanding that HP Tau, with its activity and fluctuations, offers a retrospective view of what the Sun was like in its infancy before it began burning hydrogen and converting it into helium through nuclear fusion.

HP Tau has characteristics similar to those presented by the Sun in its early stages, when the nuclear fusion process had not yet begun. This parallelism allows us to closely study the first steps in the evolution of stars and obtain valuable information about our own Sun in its youth. The Hubble Space Telescope capture not only stands out for its visual beauty, but also for its ability to provide crucial scientific data that expands our understanding of the universe and star formation.

 
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