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Birth of a Star | Out There | The New York Times        19 December 2014

 

In galactic nurseries like the Orion Nebula,

clouds of gas and dust mingle,

birthing new stars and planetary systems.

 

The ALMA radio telescope

made a recent observation of possible planets being born.

 

Produced by:

Jason Drakeford, Jonathan Corum and Dennis Overbye

Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1r38pmX

Watch more videos at: http://nytimes.com/video

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7MG-LahuX4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NGC 6302

 

Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise

in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302

 

This celestial object looks like

a delicate butterfly. But it is far from serene.

 

What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling

cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour

-- fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes!

 

A dying star that was once about five times

the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury.

 

It has ejected its envelope of gases

and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation

that is making the cast-off material glow.

 

This object is an example of a planetary nebula,

so-named because many of them have a round appearance

resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope.

 

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Images from Refurbished Hubble        2009

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/384540main_ero_ngc6302_label.jpg

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/multimedia/ero/index.html 

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/384572main_ero_ngc6302_full_full.jpg

 

Related

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten thousand years ago,

before the dawn of recorded human history,

a new light must suddenly have appeared

in the night sky and faded after a few weeks.

 

Today we know this light was an exploding star

and record the colorful expanding cloud as the Veil Nebula.

 

Pictured above is the west end of the Veil Nebula

known technically as NGC 6960,

but less formally as the Witch's Broom Nebula.

 

The rampaging gas gains its colors

by impacting and exciting existing nearby gas.

 

Credit & Copyright: T. A. Rector (U. Alaska), NOAO, AURA, NSF

Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

star        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-24

 

 

 

 

star        USA

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/25/
605622779/you-are-here-scientists-unveil-precise-map-of-more-than-a-billion-stars

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/04/
575399319/astronomers-find-huge-stars-more-common-than-previously-thought

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/09/
509010493/scientists-predict-star-collision-visible-to-the-naked-eye-in-2022

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/
science/space/the-archaeology-of-the-stars.html

 

 

 

 

huge / massive star        USA

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/04/
575399319/astronomers-find-huge-stars-more-common-than-previously-thought

 

 

 

 

star colllision        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/09/
509010493/scientists-predict-star-collision-visible-to-the-naked-eye-in-2022

 

 

 

 

collide        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/09/
509010493/scientists-predict-star-collision-visible-to-the-naked-eye-in-2022

 

 

 

 

Proxima Centauri        USA

 

Proxima Centauri

is 4.2 light years away,

the closest star to our solar system.

 

The star lies

in the constellation Centaurus,

near the Southern Cross,

but is too faint to be seen

with the naked eye.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/24/
science/space/proxima-centauri-nearest-exoplanet.html

 

 

 

 

Alpha Centauri

 

the nearest star system,

4.37 light-years away

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/
science/alpha-centauri-breakthrough-starshot-yuri-milner-stephen-hawking.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/12/
473960826/forget-starships-new-proposal-would-use-starchips-to-visit-alpha-centauri

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/
science/alpha-centauri-breakthrough-starshot-yuri-milner-stephen-hawking.html

 

 

 

 

Alpha Centaury A and B

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/24/
science/space/proxima-centauri-nearest-exoplanet.html

 

 

 

 

young stars        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-22

 

 

 

 

old stars        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-22

 

 

 

 

straight bar of stars        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-23

 

 

 

 

massive stars        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-18

 

 

 

 

monster stars        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/19/
471005496/hubble-space-telescope-pinpoints-monster-stars

 

 

 

 

Cepheid variable        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-21

 

 

 

 

ball of stars / globular clusters        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-17

 

 

 

 

star-birth region        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-1

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-13

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-15

 

 

 

 

star-forming region

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-18

 

 

 

 

newly formed star

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-12

 

 

 

 

stellar explosion        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-6

 

 

 

 

star cluster        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-19

 

 

 

 

star cluster        USA

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/05/01/
403567453/pillars-of-creation-may-be-gone-in-an-eye-blink-in-cosmic-time

 

 

 

 

young star cluster > star cluster R136       USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/19/
471005496/hubble-space-telescope-pinpoints-monster-stars

 

 

 

 

cluster of young, massive stars        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-7

 

 

 

 

dying Sun-like star        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-8

 

 

 

 

dying star        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-9

 

 

 

 

lie, lay, lain        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/24/
science/space/proxima-centauri-nearest-exoplanet.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stargazing        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/19/
in-praise-of-stargazing

 

 

 

 

stargazing        USA

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/28/
435189774/stargazing-from-the-street-corner-telescope-and-hat-in-hand

 

 

 

 

star gazers

 

 

 

 

stardust        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/
science/space/07burbidge.html

 

 

 

 

shooting star

 

 

 

 

supergiant star

 

 

 

 

wandering star        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/nov/18/
wandering-star-planet-galaxy

 

 

 

 

death of star > 'monster' gamma ray burst in space        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/22/
gamma-ray-burst-monster-explosion

 

 

 

 

nebula

 

 

 

 

constellation of Serpens > Eagle Nebula        USA

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/05/01/
403567453/pillars-of-creation-may-be-gone-in-an-eye-blink-in-cosmic-time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nova        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/news/1977/jan/14/
mainsection.fromthearchive 

 

 

 

 

supernovae / supernova / exploding stars

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/news/
chandra_bright_supernova.html

https://www.theguardian.com/science/supernovae

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/08/
zombie-star-amazes-astronomers-by-surviving-multiple-supernovae

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/14/
462710274/record-busting-star-explosion-baffles-sky-watchers

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/dec/14/
supernova-explosion-glimpse-life-created

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/08/
supernova-explosion-visible-from-uk

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/gallery/2008/may/22/
spaceexploration?picture=334311691

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2141465920080521

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/may/14/usa

 

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2007-05-07-
supernova_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2006-02-23-
supernova_x.htm

 

 

 

 

SN2011fe supernova in Pinwheel galaxy        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/dec/14/
supernova-explosion-glimpse-life-created

 

 

 

 

giant supernova RCW 86        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/oct/25/
massive-supernova-mystery-rcw86-nasa

 

 

 

 

baby supernova

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1452084320080514

 

 

 

 

burst of gamma-ray radiation

 

 

 

 

cosmic explosion

 

 

 

 

the birth of a supernova

 

 

 

 

supernova explosion        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-20

 

 

 

 

supernova explosion        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/14/
462710274/record-busting-star-explosion-baffles-sky-watchers

 

 

 

 

expanding remnant of a starís supernova explosion        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2015/apr/21/
hubble-at-25-the-best-images-from-the-space-telescope#img-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

swirls

 

 

 

 

eddies

 

 

 

 

clouds

 

 

 

 

swirls of interstellar dust

 

 

 

 

in the void of interstellar space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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