That’s not something you see every day.Posted: November 3, 2011
A star with spiral arms!
This is a young star, surrounded by a ‘circumstellar’ disk of dust twice the diameter of Pluto’s orbit around our Sun. The disk itself has a number of clearly visible arms, much like those we are familiar seeing in the much larger structures of galaxies.
I’m reminded of the quote attributed to J. B. S. Haldane : “the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”