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Massive star forming region ON 2 and star cluster Berkeley 87

Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of L. M. Oskinova, R. A. Gruendl, Spitzer Space Telescope, JPL, NASA and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).

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Combined infrared and X-ray image of the region ON 2. This region is a site of active star formation, with new massive stars being born within the glowing clouds of gas and dust, as revealed by the Spitzer infrared telescope (red and green). New observations with the XMM-Newton telescope show that extended X-ray emission (blue) traces the stellar cradles. In a new paper to be published in The Astrophysical Journal, this X-ray emission is explained by the interaction between accelerated particles and magnetic fields present in ON 2.

Investigator(s):  L.M. Oskinova

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