Gomez's Hamburger: A great name for a star

Thanks to a tweet by Ars Technica's John Timmer, I was introduced this morning to Gomez's Hamburger—a delightfully named astronomical feature about 900 lightyears away from Earth.

The name is funny. But what makes Gomez's Hamburger worth posting about here is that it gives you a glimpse of a process you've probably only read about before. Scientists think that planets form out of clouds of gas and dust circling a star. Over time, bits of dust clump together into larger objects, which in turn collide and smush into even larger objects. Eventually, instead of a star sitting in a dust cloud like Pigpen from Peanuts, you've got a classy, mature star orbited by a series of planets.

Gomez's Hamburger is most likely a young star sitting in a dust cloud. The dust is actually the meat in this sandwich. The "buns" are actually light reflecting off of the dust.


  1. Nice. My 8 year old son and I spent an hour with the new scale-zoom masterpiece and one of the questions he left me with to google today was “ok what is Gomez’ Hamburger?”

  2. So if the star is in the middle of that image, presumably not visible because it is outshone by its dust cloud, and the dust is orbiting the star, wouldn’t that make the star a kind of treat in the middle of a misshapen spheroidal dumpling? 

    I propose we rename it Gomezbaum’s Kneidl.

  3. When we identify an accreted planet, please name it Pickle.  And should a gassy Saturn-like planet also appear, please name it Onion.

  4. More proof that the recording industry does not care about artists. Alive? Low price CD. Dead? Let’s make more money off you!

    1. Yeah, Gomez’s Hamburger were great before they were exploited by indu$try….

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