March 14, 2014

Birth Of A Star A Family Affair

Astronomers using the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array looked at stellar nurseries within the Snake nebula. This nebula is located 11,700 light years from us towards the constellation Ophiuchus. Though it looks like a dark, cloudless spot in the sky, it actually is a series of dark absorption clouds that hides a wealth of stars from our view. With the telescope, this team of scientists found 23 cosmic “seeds” in two areas of the nebula. The seeds are faintly glowing spots that could eventually birth one or more stars. These stars generally weigh between 5 and 25 times the mass of the sun and they aren’t born alone but “form in villages.” Guess it’s take a village to raise a star. The astronomers added, “It’s a family affair.”

[ Read the Article: New Snake Nebula Image Shows Stellar Nurseries ]

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