This cosmic hamburger isn’t a planetary nebula as initially thought. Instead, it’s a young star enveloped by a protoplanetary disk. This disk is just a fancy term for a circular region filled with dust and gas, which over time, can form planets. The “buns” of this hamburger are actually light reflecting off the dust in the protoplanetary disk. The “burger patty” is the dark band in the middle, a disk of dust seen nearly from the edge, which obscures the star itself.
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