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The formation of stars begins with the collapse and fragmentation of molecular clouds into very dense clumps. These clumps initially contain ~0.01 solar masses of material, but increase in mass as surrounding material is accumulated through accretion.

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A protostar cloud is a stellar formation of several protostars.

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A Protostar is an object that forms by contraction out of the gas of a giant molecular cloud in the interstellar medium. The protostellar phase is an early stage in the process of star formation.

A gravitationally stable cloud of interstellar gas and dust of stellar mass contracting in an early pre-main-sequence evolutionary state. Because of the dense and easily harvestable concentration of interstellar dust and gas, protostars are highly sought after by interstellar development ...

Protostars are classified as Class 0, I, II and III depending on their evolution. The transition to the next class involves changes in the stars infrared spectrum as the dust and gas envelope surrounding the star diminishes.

A protostar is a cloud of hot, dense gas and dust that is gravitationally collapsing to form a star.
A pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star that emits energy in pulses.

Protostars and Planets IV (V. Manings Ed.)

Protostars form when sections of giant molecular clouds start to collapse. Clouds are initially diffuse enough that they do not contract unless something triggers an increase in the density of some regions within a cloud. There are several possible causes that include: ...

A star in its earliest stages of formation.
A pulsating radio source thought to be associated with a rapidly rotating neutron star.

The initial stage of stellar formation. A protostar generates energy but its core is not hot enough to ignite nuclear fusion.

Very dense regions (or cores) of molecular clouds where stars are in the process of forming.

A collapsing cloud of gas and dust destined to become a star.
Pulsar ...

Protostar: A star in the process of formation which has not yet become hot enough in the core to initiate the process of nuclear fusion (107 K) to halt its gravitational collapse.

Protostar - Cloud of hot, dense gas and dust that gravitationally collapses to form a star.
Proxima Centauri - Nearest star to the sun at 4.2 light years away.
Pulsar - A rotating neutron star that showers earth with regular pulses of electromagnetic radiation.

protostar: A collapsing cloud of gas and dust destined to become a star.
protostellar disk: A gas cloud around a forming star flattened by its rotation.
pulsar: A source of short, precisely timed radio bursts; believed to be a spinning neutron star.

A star in the process of being born from an interstellar gas cloud.

A protostar is a star that is still forming and nuclear fusion has not yet begun.

Protostar- a stage in the formation of a star which implies the body is nearly full-size; the star is still within its parent nebula, and does not yet produce energy through nuclear fusion
Pulsar- collapsed star composed mainly of neutrons; pulsars are young, fast-spinning neutron stars ...

Protostars - from Astrophysics Spectator
Protostars - from Wiki
Hayashi Track - from Internet Encyclopedia of Science
Mass-Luminosity Diagram - from Courtney Seligman
Paper on the sun's activity for the past 8,000 years - from Max Planck Society ...

Protostars which are starting to blow away the gas and dust surrounding them are called T-Tauri stars. The warm dust remaining around T-Tauri stars still radiates in the infrared.

The contracting cloud heats up due to friction and forms a glowing protostar; this stage lasts for roughly 50 million years. If there is enough material in the protostar, the gravitational collapse and the heating continue.

Protostars with masses less than roughly 0.08 M⊙ (1.6-1029 kg) never reach temperatures high enough for nuclear fusion of hydrogen to begin. These are known as brown dwarfs.

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protostar Stage in star formation when the interior of a collapsing cloud of gas is sufficiently hot and dense that it becomes opaque to its own radiation, but not hot enough for the onset of nuclear reactions. [More Info: Field Guide] ...

A collection of interstellar gas and dust whose gravitational pull is causing it to collapse on itself and form a star.
Pulsar ...

Protostars often exhibit strong winds. Radio and infrared observations of hydrogen and carbon monoxide molecules, again in the Orion cloud, have revealed gas expanding outward at velocities approaching 100 km/s.

PROTOSTARS lie to the right of the main sequence. An initial rapid collapse of the protostar, which is poorly understood, moves the star leftwards out of the so-called Hayashi forbidden zone. This collapse is followed by a large decrease in LUMINOSITY, caused by the contracting radius.

Protostars gain mass at the same time as they are losing it. As the envelope of material around the protostar contracts, it spins faster and faster and flattens into a disk with the protostar at the centre.

Protostar: A forming star, prior to settling down to the main sequence and burning hydrogen in its core.

A protostar will reach a temperature of 2000 to 3000 K, hot enough to glow a dull red with most of its energy in the infrared. The cocoon of gas and dust surrounding them blocks the visible light.

1. Protostar
The initial collapse occurs quickly, over a period of a few years. As the star heats up, pressure builds up following the Perfect Gas Law:
PV = NRT ...

The protostar, embedded within a cloud of gas and dust known as RCM 120, is destined to evolve into one of the biggest and brightest stars in our Galaxy within the next few hundred thousand years.

The protostar, located in the Perseus Spiral Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, is 300 times the size of the solar system.
NGC 188 (Caldwell 1) ...

The protostar NGC 1333 IRS 4A (gray spot) has ejected two supersonic jets whose Doppler velocities are indicated by the false colors (blue = approaching, red = receding) in this VLA image of a 43 GHz SiO (silicon monoxide) line. SiO is an excellent tracer of shocked molecular gas. Image credit ...

The protostar "bits" are all destined to become individual stars of assorted mass. Less massive lumps become low mass stars while massive lumps become high mass stars. As a general rule there are lots of low mass stars for every high mass star.

Each protostar collapses very quickly; its gas falls inward in free fall. A protostar can collapse from a size equal to the outer diameter of the solar system to about 30 times the Sun's size (the size of Mercury's orbit) in about six months.

In some protostars, contraction remains the only source of energy; these are brown dwarfs, and they die away slowly, over hundreds of billions of years.

This is known as a protostar. At this stage the temperature is still too low for nuclear fusion to happen. If the mass is too low, the failed star ends up as a brown dwarf. Some astronomers consider Jupiter to be a failed star.

The light from a protostar is absorbed by the dust surrounding it, causing the dust to warm up and radiate in the infrared. Infrared studies of star forming regions give us important information about how stars are born, and thus, on how our own Sun and solar system were formed.

T TAURI STAR - Protostar in the late stages of formation, often exhibiting both periodic and random fluctuations in brightness. T Tauri stars are newly-formed (<10 Ma) low to intermediate mass stars (< 3 Msun) with central temperatures too low for nuclear fusion to have started.

The cloud of gas and dust around a contracting protostar that conceals it at visible wavelengths.
Collisional Broadening
The smearing out of a spectrum line because of collisions among the atoms of the gas.
Color Index
A numerical measure of the color of a star.
Comet ...

The tremendous heat given off by the nuclear fusion process causes the gas to glow creating a protostar. This is the first step in the evolution of a star. The glowing protostar continues to accumulate mass.

After the central protostar collapses to a sphere, gas continues to fall onto it from the nebula, via the accretion disk.

No, as you'll learn, Red Giants are stars near the end of their lives, while these protostars haven't even ripened (haven't "turned on" yet).

Binary stars develop when two protostars form near each other. One member of this pair can influence its companion if they are close enough together, stripping away matter in a process called mass transfer.

This cycle continues and just like a haystack in summer the inside of the protostar starts to get very hot. If enough material is is hoovered up from the surrounding gas and dust, the protostar will hit a critical point in its life.

Dense "clumps" of dust circle variable protostar R Monocerotis (at the tip of nebula) and cast dark shadows on the walls of a cavity etched by the protostar's light in a dark molecular cloud (inside which this protostar formed).

How stars evolve through each stage of their life cycle, from protostar to white dwarf or supernova, and examples of stars at each stage you can easily see with your own eyes ...

This theory is a version of Jeans's theory in which the Sun interacts with a nearby protostar dragging a filament of material from the protostar.

The center compresses enough to become a protostar and the rest of the gas orbits/flows around it. Most of that gas flows inward and adds to the mass of the forming star, but the gas is rotating. The centrifugal force from that prevents some of the gas from reaching the forming star.

When a star "turns on" its hydrogen-burning phase, we say that it has reached the main sequence, and is a true star, not a protostar, brown dwarf, or planet. The main sequence is a line of stars plotted on the HR-diagram, which represent stars which are burning hydrogen, fusing it into helium.

Diffuse material orbiting around a central body such as a protostar, a young star, a neutron star or a black hole.

When a star is growing, as the protostar gains mass, the radiation pressure increases and pushes matter out, making it harder and harder to accumulate more mass. Anything that tries to fall onto the protostar gets blown off again. So, the star can't grow any more massive.

Within 50 million years, the pressure and density of hydrogen in the centre of the protostar became great enough for it to begin thermonuclear fusion.

A cool ( 20 µ, and a CO cloud is centered on it. It is probably a collapsing cloud of 102-103 M in which protostars are embedded. (KL nebula) [H76]
A type of electron tube used in radar and high-frequency radio work. [H76]
knock-on spectrum ...

This is another emission nebula, with young hot protostars that can be observed only in infrared wavelengths. It is nearly as bright as M21, and stretches nearly three quarters of a degree across the sky. It is just four degrees south of southeast and 21 degrees above the horizon at 10 p.m.

Lots of other types of sources can produce soft X-rays, too, such as very young protostars and the warm ionized medium, so one must be careful in using X-ray emission to identify AGN. Below is the Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) for Markarian 421.

Hayashi contraction is a gravitational phemonenon in which a protostar becomes smaller, coalescing into a main sequence star.

" (T Tauri and its kind are "protostars" that are still in the act of formation, are still accreting matter from their surrounding disks, which will most likely spawn planets, and have yet to turn on their hydrogen fusion; see the region of T Tauri on the Anticenter page.) As a G8 dwarf, Iota Lep B, ...

Narrow, high-energy streams of gas and other particles generally ejected in two opposite directions from some central source. Jets appear to originate in the vicinity of an extremely dense object, such as a black hole, pulsar, or protostar, with a surrounding accretion disk.

Eventually, the central Protostar becomes so hot and compressed that nuclear fusion begins at the core, this makes more material and the disk to be blown off, and the starts to shine into clear space.

Known as a protostar, it is this hot core at the heart of the collapsing cloud that will one day become a star.

images are examples of regions in our Milky Way galaxy that are enriched areas capable of undergoing star formation. The Eagle, Lagoon and Orion Nebulas all show the presence of heavy element, an abundance of dust and physical structures that appear to be fragmenting into newly formed protostars.

granule (solar) small, roundish patch of dark nebulosity that may be the precursor of a protostar. grating optical surface (transmissive or reflective) upon which is ruled a large number of finely spaced grooves.

See also: See also: Star, Astro, Solar, Nebula, Planet

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