Martin Cordiner, Research Fellow, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, was quoted in an article written in Astronomy Magazine regarding the discovery of a baby star 12,000 light years from earth. See below.
Newly discovered protostar is well placed for studying how massive stars form
From: Astronomy Magazine
Date: Sept. 1, 2016
Author: Anna Nowogrodzki
...Martin Cordiner, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Catholic University of America, is the lead author of the study in the Astrophysical Journal. Cordiner originally zeroed in on the star because it was thought to be an old star—massive, red, and expanding—of a type known as an Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) star, his area of expertise. “I know quite a lot about AGBs,” he says. “But when we discovered, no, it’s a protostar, I had to go back to the books.”
At 12,000 light-years from Earth, it’s further away than the well-known protostar in Orion, KL Source I, which until now has been “one of star formation experts’ favorite sources to look at to find out the earliest stages of massive star formation,” says Cordiner...