Newborn star’s X-rays shine light on our solar system’s early days

In a new study, astronomers report the first detection of X-rays from a sun-like star in the earliest phase of its evolution. This discovery may help scientists explore the earliest days of our solar system and rewrite cosmic history, study team members said.

In 2017, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory detected an X-ray flare coming from the very young star HOPS 383, which is the same type of star as our sun. The star, which is known as a “protostar” because it’s in the earliest phase of star evolution, lies about 1,400 light-years away from Earth and, once it has matured, will grow to have about half the mass of our sun. 



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