Hubble Space Telescope Photographs ‘Monster Star’ in Faraway Nebula

NASA‘s Hubble Space Telescope keeps capturing the breathtaking phenomenon that takes place in space. Not long ago, the instrument photographed what seems to be a ‘monster star’ that was emitting incredible amounts of light and radiation.

A report made by Express states that Hubble captured a ‘monster star’ that is also known as Herschel 36, discovered in the Lagoon Nebula, which is located about 4,000 light-years away from Earth. Herschel 36 is said to be a giant star that shines 200,000 brighter than our Sun and weighs about 32 times more. The star’s brightness is so luminous that regular binoculars or telescopes are able to spot it.

“At the center of the photo, a monster young star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out a fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust. The mayhem is happening in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery located 4,000 light-years away and visible in binoculars simply as a smudge of light with a bright core,” NASA explained.

Another Five Millions Years of Life Remaining

The American space agency keeps describing Herschel 36 as coming out of its ‘cocoon’ and emitting radiation. Astronomers have analyzed the star after it created holes in the cloud surrounding it. As per NASA, the object is rather young at one million years old, which clarifies the reason why it is so active. Herschel 36 may also live on or another five million years.

“In comparison, our smaller Sun is five billion years old and will live another five billion years,” NASA said.

In the meantime, numerous space enthusiasts in the West have observed Venus in the skies. Currently, Venus is one of the most massive cosmic bodies, and this time of the year, it is known as ‘the evening star.’

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