Astrophysics (index)

Protostar

(contracted mass of gas that will become a star)

A Protostar is an early stage in the development of a star, formed from a contracting giant Molecular Cloud and eventually (on the order of 10 million years) becoming a T-Tauri Star (TTS) or other type of Pre-Main-Sequence Star (PMS). The protostar is heated by the release of gravitational energy as the gas contracts rather than by fusion. It will eventually ignite fusion and become a Main Sequence Star.


(stars,evolution,star formation)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protostar

Referenced by:
Bipolar Outflow
Cold Mass Accretion (CMA)
Debris Disk
Dense Core
Ejection
Herschel Orion Protostar Survey (HOPS)
Jet
Pre-Main-Sequence Star (PMS)
Protoplanetary Disk
Star-Forming Region (SFR)
Snow Line
Stellar Core
Transitional Disk
Variable Star
Young Stellar Object (YSO)

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