Young Stars Are Much Cuter Than Human Newborns. IJAF!

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Everyone’s always pimping their new born kids. Don’t get me wrong, some are goddamn adorable. Usually in tight correlation with their parents’ appearance. Some kids though, are man. Just woof. Eighteen years removed from sitting at the prom drinking by themselves and staring at taut asses they can’t get near.


Dust clouds and embedded newborn stars glow at  infrared wavelengths in this tantalizing false-color composition from WISE, the  Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The  cosmic canvas features one of the closest star forming regions, part of the Rho Ophiuchi  cloud complex some 400 light-years distant near the southern edge of the  pronounceable constellation  Ophiuchus. After forming along a  large cloud of cold molecular hydrogen gas, young stars heat the surrounding dust to produce the infrared glow. Stars in the process of formation, called young stellar objects or  YSOs, are embedded in the compact pinkish nebulae seen here, but are otherwise hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes. An  exploration of the region in penetrating infrared light has detected emerging and newly formed stars whose average age is estimated to be a mere 300,000 years. That’s extremely young compared to the  Sun’s age of 5 billion years. The prominent reddish nebula at the lower right surrounding the star  Sigma Scorpii is a reflection nebula produced by dust scattering starlight. This view from WISE  spans almost 2 degrees and covers about 14 light-years at the estimated distance of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud.

Can’t say the same about young stars. They’re always fucking gorgeous.