Hubble and a stellar fingerprint
|IRAS 12196-6300 [Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Judy Schmidt]|
Under 10 million years old and not yet burning hydrogen at its core, unlike the sun, this star is still in its infancy. Further evidence of IRAS 12196-6300's youth is provided by the presence of reflection nebulae. These hazy clouds, pictured floating above and below IRAS 12196-6300, are created when light from a star reflects off a high concentration of nearby dust, such as the dusty material still remaining from IRAS 12196-6300's formation.
Source: NASA [March 07, 2016]