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A Deep Infrared Extinction Map of Barnard 59

posted Sep 15, 2010, 1:13 PM by João Alves   [ updated Sep 30, 2010, 7:49 AM ]
Barnard 59 is the only star forming cloud in the Pipe Nebula and has formed a small group of a dozen young stars. This new high-resolution map constructed with data from the VLT, Calar Alto, and the SPITZER space telescope reveals that Barnard 59 is, unexpectedly, a single core. And still thermally dominated. What's holding it from collapse?