Star nursery in the Orion Nebula

Star nursery in the Orion Nebula

The picture shows GBT radio data and an infrared overview of WISE. The thread of ammonia molecules is shown in red, and the nebula gas is shown in blue.

Astronomers were able to capture a snapshot of a star-forming large-scale filament gas, which was 1200 light-years away in the Orion Nebula.

In the frame, the ammonia molecules found by the Green Bank Radio Telescope (GBT) are visible extending to 50 light-years. The data is combined with the image of the Orion Nebula (filmed by WISE).

It is still not clear how large gas clouds should collapse in order to create new stars. However, ammonia is an excellent indicator of dense star formation gas. With it, you can create maps of clouds and track their movement and temperature indicators. And this is extremely important, because it helps to understand whether these threads are stable or are experiencing destruction in the process of creating new stars. Now scientists are determined to explore all large-scale, nearby, areas of stellar birth in the northern part of the Gould belt. This is a ring of young stars and gas clouds passing through the constellation Orion.

Comments (0)