Becklin–Neugebauer Object

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A powerful source of infrared radiation discovered by the American astronomers Eric Edward Becklin (1940– ) and Gerry Neugebauer (1932– ) in 1966 behind the Orion Nebula. It is thought to be a massive young star 10 000 times as luminous as the Sun. The star is embedded in a dense cocoon of gas and dust that completely obscures it from optical telescopes.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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