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Published on Jul 11, 2012
During outbursts, the infant star in McNeil's Nebula may brighten by 100 times at X-ray energies. In this animation, based on findings by NASA's Chandra Observatory, the Japan/U.S. Suzaku spacecraft, and Europe's XMM-Newton satellite, magnetic fields drive powerful flows onto the star, creating two hot spots that produce the high-energy emission. (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)