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Nasa catches awesome image of the fading dead "ghost star"

At first glance, this image of NASA may look exactly like any other that shows the vastness of the cosmos.

But these thin red veins are actually the remnants of a supernova – something that happens when stars die. 19659002] "The red filaments in this picture belong to a supernova remnant, known as HBH 3, which was first observed in 1966 with radio telescopes," the space agency said in a blog.

Thin, red veins of energetic gas mark the location of the supernova remnant HBH3 in this NASA Spitzer Space Telescope image (Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech / IPAC)

This supernova is estimated to be between 80,000 and one million Years took place.

Astronomers The red branches of the material are tendrils of molecular gas excited by the explosion of the supernova, sending out the infrared light.

It is also distributed over a long distance. Nasa says that this particular ghost star is one of the biggest we know about. It spans 150 light-years through space.

It is likely that this supernova led to the formation of other stars.

Supernovae can lead to the formation of new stars (Image: NASA)

"Scientists have also discovered that supernovas play a key role in the distribution of elements throughout the universe," NASA wrote.

"When the star explodes, it shoots elements and debris into space. Many of the elements we find here on Earth are made in the core of the stars. These elements continue to travel to form new stars, planets, and everything else in the universe.

This special image was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope in March 2010. Spitzer scans space with infrared light and is one of NASA's four largest observatories.

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