Updated April 26th, 2024 at 00:09 IST

Supersonic Wonder! Hubble Spots Blazing-Fast Wolf-Rayet Nebula Expanding at 136,700 Miles per Hour

NASA's Hubble Telescope showcases stunning Wolf-Rayet Nebula, revealing intricate cosmic interactions and captivating stellar beauty in deep space exploration.

Reported by: Garvit Parashar
Hubble Spots Blazing-Fast Wolf-Rayet Nebula Expanding at 136,700 Miles per Hour | Image:Instagram: nasahubble
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope never fails to amaze us with its stunning views of the universe. Recently, it caught the attention of many people with a post about something called a Wolf-Rayet Nebula.

What's a Wolf-Rayet Nebula, you ask? Well, imagine a big blue bubble in space surrounding a star that's about 30,000 light-years away. These bubbles are formed when really fast winds from stars called Wolf-Rayet stars blow into the outer layers of hydrogen gas around them. This interaction creates these beautiful nebulae, which usually look like rings or spheres.

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NASA shared the image on the Instagram account of Hubble Telescope and wrote, “Hubble's bubble! 🫧

This blue "bubble" surrounding a star about 30,000 light-years away is called a Wolf-Rayet nebula. These are created when speedy stellar winds interact with the outer layers of hydrogen that are ejected by Wolf–Rayet stars (like the star seen here), and these nebulae are typically ring-shaped or spherical.” 

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The nebula in this picture is growing really fast, like super-fast – about 136,700 miles per hour! That's mind-blowing, right?

“Astronomers estimate that the nebula in this #HubbleClassic view expands at a rate of about 136,700 miles (220,000 km) per hour!,” they further added. 

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But here's the kicker: the star at the center of this bubble won't last forever. It's going to explode in what's called a supernova. But don't worry, when that happens, all the stuff it throws out will go on to make new stars and planets. It's like recycling in space!

“This star will eventually die in a supernova explosion, but the ejected stellar material will go on to nourish a new generation of stars and planets.”

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Now, let's talk about the picture itself. In the middle, there's a bright star with four lines coming out of it – those are called diffraction spikes. Surrounding it is that cool blue ring made of gas and dust. And if you look closely, you'll see other stars scattered around against the black background of space.

Nasahubble also shared the description of the image, “Image description: A bright star with four diffraction spikes shines at the center of the image, surrounded by a dark blue ring of gas and dust. Other stars fill the image, all against black space.” 

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NASA shared this picture just three days ago, and since then, it's been liked more than 76,000 times! People are amazed by the beauty of space, and it's no wonder why. Who wouldn't be stunned by such an incredible sight?

People’s Reaction:

Space is one of the things which excites everyone and it was visible in the comment section of this post.

One user said, “Why do stars look like... Well, stars? (What does create those "spikes" of light?)”

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A second user wrote, “That's fascinating! Wolf-Rayet nebulae are indeed created by the interaction of stellar winds with outer hydrogen layers ejected by Wolf-Rayet stars. They often form distinctive blue "bubbles" and can provide valuable insights into stellar evolution.” 

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Published April 26th, 2024 at 00:09 IST