Earlier this week, NASA and ESA scientists released an unexpected image. This reveals the explosion of the Calabash Nebula. Located some 5,000 light years away, the formation is also known as the Rotten Egg Nebula.
NASA scientists released a new piece of interesting space data. They published an image which casts a rare, incredible glimpse into the Calabash Nebula.
This latter is also known as the Rotten Egg Nebula. Or OH 231.84+4.22 by its technical name. And it is a quite interesting formation. One that has been offering researchers its fair share of surprises.
The Calabash is a protoplanetary nebula. It is located in the Puppis constellation, around 5,000 light- years away from our planet. The nebula in itself is some 1.4 light years long.
This latest image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Just recently, the telescope managed to capture the traces of an extraordinary event. It snapped a picture just as the Calabash Nebula was exploding.
It was a rare chance, one that doesn’t present itself every day. And it may have been even more special by the affected nebula. In space time, the explosion happened in a minute. But most people will not get the chance to see even one.
The explosion itself is estimated to have taken place some 5,000 light years away. But the image is quite perfectly clear. Researchers were able to gather even more data about the nebula from it.
Basically, the image presents a red star. It was captured as it was expelling its outer dust and gas layers. As this process will end, the formation will also be changing its status. It will become a planetary nebula.
As the star died, it started expelling yellow-colored gasses. These are estimated to have reached a speed of around 621,371 miles per hour. The material was ejected in opposite directions. Scientists believed that the star’s original mass can now be found in the two gas structures.
The Calabash Nebula got its not so pleasant nickname from these very gasses. Previous research determined that the Rotten Egg held a high concentration of sulfur. This latter is known to release a smell similar to that of rotten eggs.
Scientists were aware that the Rotten Egg nebula was reaching its end. Observations managed to spot its red star center. The color has come to mark the end stages of a star.
It is reached as the space body has burned through its hydrogen reserves. And as it also released all its helium. From there on, it will most likely face its demise.
The fact that Hubble managed to catch the explosion is an incredible fact. The Universe is believed to hold some 500 billion galaxies. And our galaxy alone houses in between 200 to 400 billion stars. But to manage to catch one exploding still is an incredible event. It fact, this a first time ever. Science has no previously captured records of such an event.
Following the explosion, the Calabash Nebula will begin to settle. Scientists expect this process to last some 1,000 years. As it reached this stage, it will transform into a complete planetary nebula. Or more exactly, it may become a ring-shaped planet.
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