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T Tauri Stars

T Tauri Stars

Image credit: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)

With ground-based optical follow-up observations of unidentified ROSAT All-Sky Survey sources, several hundred new T Tauri stars have been identified based on Halpha emission and Lithium absorption. T Tauri stars are young (at most a few million years old) bright stars still partially wrapped in the cloud of dust and gas where they were created.

Surprisingly, new T Tauri stars have been found even outside clouds, i.e. outside regions of on-going star formation. Such off-cloud T Tauri stars either have been ejected from their birth places in the clouds or they formed in small cloudlets which have dispersed since then.

Curator: Michael Arida (SP Sys); arida@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov
HEASARC Guest Observer Facility


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