New York: NASA’s Hubble space telescope has captured a glittering star cluster that resembles an opulent diamond tapestry, containing a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy.
Called “Trumpler 14”, it is located 8,000 light-years away in the Carina Nebula. The nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae in our skies. Although it is some four times as large and even brighter than the famous Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is much less well known, due to its location in the southern sky. It was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1751–52 from the Cape of Good Hope.
Because the cluster is only 500,000 years old, it has one of the highest concentration of massive, luminous stars in the entire Milky Way.
These blue-white stars are burning their hydrogen fuel so ferociously that they will explode as supernova in a few million years, the US space agency said in a statement.
The combination of outflowing stellar “winds” and, ultimately, supernova blast waves will carve out cavities in nearby clouds of gas and dust.
These fireworks will kick-start the beginning of a new generation of stars in an ongoing cycle of star birth and death.
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First Published | 22 January 2016 11:27 AM