NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovers spiraling stars, poised to reveal secrets of the early universe

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found spiral stars whose observations can help unlock the secrets of the early universe.

Very little is known about the early universe. Many secrets have remained hidden from human observation despite the Herculean effort of space agencies. As continuous research and observations are made by scientists and researchers, more exciting things are cropping up. And now, with the help of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have observed spiraling stars at the center of a huge stellar nursery named NGC 346. These observations are said to help unveil more clues about our universe. primitive. Sounds exciting, right?

“Nature loves spirals – from the whirlwind of a hurricane, to the pinwheel-like protoplanetary disks around newborn stars, to the vast realms of spiral galaxies across our universe. Now astronomers are perplexed to find young stars spiraling toward the center of a massive star cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way,” NASA said in a report.

According to information provided by NASA on spiral stars, the outer arm of the spiral could fuel star formation in a river-like motion of gas and stars. It’s an effective way to fuel star birth, researchers say. The Small Magellanic Cloud has a simpler chemical composition than the Milky Way, making it similar to galaxies found in the younger universe, when heavier elements were rarer. For this reason, the stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud burn hotter and therefore deplete their fuel faster than in our Milky Way.

“Although it is a proxy for the early universe, 200,000 light-years away, the Small Magellanic Cloud is also one of our closest galactic neighbors. Learn how stars form in the Small Magellanic Cloud. Magellan offers a new twist on how a star birth firestorm may have occurred early in the history of the universe, when it was experiencing a “baby boom” around 2-3 billion years after the big bang (the universe is now 13.8 billion years old). The new results show that the process of star formation there is similar to that in our own Milky Way,” NASA said.

About NGC 346

The NGC is 150 light-years across and has the mass of 50,000 suns. Its intriguing shape and rapid star formation rate have intrigued astronomers. It took the combined power of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to unravel the behavior of this mysterious stellar nesting site.

NASA informed that half of the Hubble data for this study of NGC 346 is archival. The first sightings were made 11 years ago. They have recently been repeated to trace the movement of stars over time. Given the telescope’s longevity, the Hubble Data Archive now contains more than 32 years of astronomical data fueling unprecedented long-term studies.

Did you know?

What do you know about NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope? The Hubble Space Telescope is an international cooperation project between NASA and ESA. The telescope’s mirror-based optical system collects and concentrates light from the universe for analysis by scientific and guidance instruments. The optical system, called the Optical Telescope Assembly (OTA), gives Hubble a unique view of the universe by collecting infrared, visible and ultraviolet light.

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