Hubble Telescope captures stunning image of a lovely bright young star

Check out this mesmerizing image of a young star captured by Hubble Space Telescope.

| Updated on: Oct 11 2022, 19:26 IST
JWST captures Neptune rings; NASA shares pics
1/5 The picture of Neptune captured by Nasa’s JWST shows its rings distinctly. Set against a dark background, the planet appears as a pearl with ethereal concentric ovals around it. (NASA)
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2/5 Neptune is deemed an ice giant due to the chemical makeup of its interior. Compared to the gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, Neptune is much richer in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. (Nasa)
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3/5 The brightness in the JWST's portrait of Neptune appears because it's filtered by the telescope's infrared lenses. (Nasa)
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4/5 That’s not all, Webb also captured seven of Neptune's 14 known moons. A very bright point of light seen in Webb’s images is Neptune's large and unusual moon, Triton. It is covered in frozen, condensed nitrogen and reflects 70% of the sunlight that hits it. That’s why it appeared very bright to Webb. (Nasa)
NASA's James Webb Telescope captures Neptune's rings.
5/5 Neptune planet was discovered in 1846 and since then it has always fascinated researchers. The planet is located 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth and hence, its orbits are in the remote, dark region of the outer solar system. According to Nasa, the Sun is so farther from Neptune that high noon is similar to a dim twilight on Earth. (NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)
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This mesmerizing image of a young star was recently captured by the Hubble telescope. (ESA/Hubble)

Although the brand-new James Webb Space Telescope has recently captured some incredible images of celestial events, the Hubble Space Telescope has once again proved that it may be old, but it is still capable of capturing breathtaking images. The space-based telescope has recently captured a mesmerizing image of a bright young star surrounded by a cloud of gas. The image was released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on their website, which co-manages the Hubble Space Telescope along with NASA.

According to ESA, the bright young star is over 9000 light years away surrounded by a cloud of gas in a stellar shroud called IRAS 05506+2414 in the constellation Taurus. Stellar Shroud is a ribbon of gas which is part of the Veil Nebula, the expanding remnant of a supernova explosion that happened almost 8000 years ago. The image was captured using Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument which snapped the “fan-like spray” of some material at velocities of up to 350 kilometers per hour spreading outwards, according to the official ESA description of the image.

The Hubble telescope previously captured one of the largest ever stars named R136a1, located in a massive star cluster called R136 in the Magellanic Cloud. A globular star cluster named NGC 6638 was also captured by the Hubble Space Telescope located in the constellation Sagittarius.

Studying stars with the Hubble Space Telescope

Since the launch of Hubble in 1990, it has become relatively very easy to observe distant stars due to the Hubble telescope orbiting the Earth about 340 miles from the surface of the planet. This close proximity to Earth also allows astronauts to physically perform repairs on the telescope.

In contrast, the brand-new James Webb Space Telescope orbits the Earth nearly 1 million miles from the surface of the planet, operating in the infrared spectrum of light. As of now, scientists use the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope in conjunction to observe and study distant planets, galaxies, star clusters and other mysteries of space.

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First Published Date: 11 Oct, 19:25 IST