Consists of 4 thousand stars. The Hubble telescope took a picture of a giant cosmic smoke screen (photo)
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The telescope took a stunning picture of an open star cluster that is located inside the Lagoon Nebula.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured part of an open star cluster called NGC 6530, which looks like a swirling wall of smoke strewn with stars, writes SciTechDaily.< /p>
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Star cluster NGC 6530 lies within the larger Lagoon Nebula, which is a giant interstellar cloud of gas and dust in the constellation Sagittarius. This cluster is located at a distance of 4350 light years from Earth and is a collection of approximately 4 thousand stars, which makes this open star cluster one of the largest in space.
Gas from the Lagoon Nebula is what gives this image the appearance of a smokescreen, with clouds of interstellar gas and dust trailing from one side of this image to the other, according to NASA scientists. The stars in the cluster are covered in swirling clouds of red, blue, and orange gas in a nebula where new stars are rapidly forming.
Scientists aimed the Hubble lens at this region in the hope of discovering new protoplanetary disks that surround newborn stars. To date, most of these planet-forming protoplanetary disks have been found in only one region of the Orion Nebula. Therefore, it is still difficult for scientists to understand exactly how they appear and evolve into planets in other regions of space. But during the observations, scientists managed to get unique pictures of a stunning smoke screen dotted with bright stars.
Today, the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been operating in space for 32 years, is the most important observatory for observing the emergence of new stars and the formation of planetary systems. It was the Hubble telescope that played a decisive role in the study of protoplanetary disks around newly formed stars in the Orion Nebula.
According to NASA scientists, during his work, Hubble made a huge number of scientific observations that revolutionized human understanding of the nature of the universe. But now the new Webb Space Telescope can look deeper through such clouds of gas and dust. Therefore, scientists want to use it also in the study of protoplanetary disks and in the study of the earliest stages of the appearance of stars.
As Focus already wrote, based on data from the Hubble telescope, scientists found that on the edge The solar system hosts an as yet unknown source of light that emits a ghostly glow.
As for the Webb Space Telescope, astronomers have said, as Focus has already written, that this observatory has accurately detected at least four of the most distant galaxies in the universe.