Who ever said our “eye in the Universe” was just the James Webb Telescope? In fact, Hubble does not give way, offering us breathtaking images with a nostalgic and romantic touch. The last, in time order, specific Photograph of a gas cloud that looks almost like an Arrakis “sandworm”.
A small, dense cloud of gas and dust called CB 130-3, is actually the master at the center of this new image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This particular item, known as dense core (a tight mound of gas and dust), located in the constellation Serpent e it almost seems to swallow the background star field.
Dense nuclei like this one in the photo i birthplaces of stars and therefore of great interest to astronomers. Indeed, during their collapse, enough mass could accumulate at a precise point to reach the temperatures and densities necessary to trigger hydrogen fusion, thus signaling the birth of a new star.
Astronomers have used Wide Field Camera 3 Hubble just to find a similar event. Indeed, although it is very difficult to discern from the image, there is a compact object in the process of becoming a starIt’s hidden deep within the CB 130-3.
To better understand the environment surrounding this rising star, scientists dense corediscover how density CB 130-3 not fixed: The outer edges of the cloud are actually just light ripples, while in the center it completely blocks out the background light.
Formed gas and dust CB 130-3 therefore, they affect not only the brightness, but also the color that appears. the number of stars in the background, those towards the center appear redder than their counterparts around the photo.
Thanks to Hubble, astronomers were able to measure this effect to better calculate the density of CB 130-3. internal structure information of this important and thought-provoking stellar nursery.
All that remains is to admire the magnificent image (you can also find it here in maximum resolution). What do you see there? Doesn’t it look like a worm from Dune in the act of swallowing a star? Write to us in the comments.
Image sources: ESA/Hubble, NASA and STScI, C. Britt, T. Huard, A. Pagan
Source: Every Eye