NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed a monster star in the Lagoon Nebula that’s blasting radiation and stellar winds into space.
The star is officially named Herschel 36, and it shines 200,000 times brighter than the Sun. According to the latest reports coming from NASA, the star is located in a could of stellar gas that’s about 4,000 light-years from us. If you have a pair of binoculars, you can check out the star at night.
The cloud of gas is a so-called stellar nursery where new stars are born.
NASA stated the following “At the centre 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 space agency continued and said: “The mayhem is all happening at 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.”
The monster star bursts radiation and torrential stellar winds
NASA said that this giant star bursts out of its cocoon of material, and it seems that it unleashes massive radiation and torrential stellar winds. These are streams of subatomic particles that are pushing dust away.
The space agency also made sure to highlight the fact that this action is pretty similar to the way in which the Sun bursts through the cloud at the end of a storm that just took place in the afternoon.
Experts have been studying the monster star after it blasted some holes in the surrounding bubble-shaped cloud.
Express notes that this monster star is burning at about 40,000K degrees – 39,736C (71,540F).
In other news, NASA and ESA are working at an unprecedented event in the history of space exploration. You can check out more details about the mission called Perseverance in our previous article.