Red and orange is a beautiful image released by NASA.
By the office Spitzer Space Telescope took an image of the Butterfly Nebula called Westerhout 40 (W40), as part of the Massive Young Stellar Clusters Study in Infrared and X-rays survey in 2014. W40 is in the of 1,400 light years from the day – almost the same distance as Orion Nebulabut on the other side in the air.
“The butterfly’s two wings are huge bulbs of hot, interstellar gas burning from the hottest and largest stars on this planet,” NASA officials said. a word.
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Stars up to 10 times the amount of the sun grow in the nebula, but with the birth of these stars comes the death of other forms of activity. “Beyond the beauty, W40 demonstrates the effect that the formation of stars has on the destruction of clouds that helped create them,” NASA officials said in a statement.
In nebulae, gases and dust are also absorbed umekaumaha create solid clusters that can become stars if they reach a critical level. Eventually, those stars will explode at the end of their lives, or they may release gases and dust clouds like the W40. Then the circle begins again, with new stars being born from it.
Launched in 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope was NASA’s first infrared observer for 16 years, before it became extinct. finished to 2020, in part in anticipation of the start of the The James Webb Space Telescope. (Webb took longer to start than expected to start, leaving a gap between the actions of the two infrared monitors.)
When Webb is used this summer, he will be more powerful than Spitzer, and the telescope will likely capture stars such as the Butterfly Nebula in greater detail. Until then, you can read Spitzer’s archives see beautiful pictures of the whole world.