Very young star discovered far from any star forming region

The discovery of a very tiny young star has taken place far away from any star forming area. The area is so isolated that astronomers are baffled about how it came to be.

With the help of data collected by several observatories, researchers came to know that the star known as CX330 is undergoing an outburst. The energetic phase in the youth of the star has heated up the surrounding gas and dust, making it shine in infrared radiation.

The detection of its outburst has already placed it in an uncommon collection of stellar objects, but the thing making CX330 unique is its apparent loneliness. To be frank, the star must not be there and in preliminary observations there wasn’t any surety that it was even a star.

In a statement, Chris Britt, of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and main author of a study focusing on CX330, said that they tried different interpretations for it, but just one of them made sense that the formation of the quickly growing young star has taken place amid nowhere. The study has appeared in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Britt's team compared infrared observations by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope, and discovered that the brightness of the star had increased 100-fold between 2007 and 2010. Just about 12 stars exhibiting this kind of quick outburst have been documented, but the thing is all of them were discovered in dense star-forming areas inhabited by other young stars. Such stellar nurseries are hothouses for the formation of stars.

But, CX330 is present at a distance of 1,000 light-years from the closest star forming area, making the researchers wonder about how it ended up by itself in a place which seems to be an empty void.