NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been looking into infinite space for nearly three decades. Since its launch in 1990, Hubble has delivered iconic images of the universe over and over again through frequent upgrades of its instruments, changing the way the Universe views it. NASA has now released a new image to honor Hubble's 29th anniversary.
The southern crab nebula is named after its similarity to its northern counterpart, the crab nebula.
The accumulation of stars is characterized by their strange hourglass-shaped structure
A red giant star and a white dwarf star sit in the middle of the nebula and form a binary star system.
The landmark images document in unsurpassed detail how the red giant continuously spits material that is absorbed by the white dwarf.
And this thing, referred to by NASA as the "gravitational waltz," leads to the distinctive hourglass-like shape.
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As the stars continue their celestial dance and whirl around, huge gush forth Amounts of gas "like a runaway hot air balloon," NASA said.
The European Space Agency (ESA) explains, "When enough of this dumping material is pulled onto the white dwarf, it also pushes the material outward during an eruption, creating the structures we see in the fog.
"Eventually, the Red Giant will finish shedding his outer layers and stop feeding his White Dwarf Companion.
"There may be more outbreaks before that create even more complicated structures."
The brightest spots are at the edges of the nebula. where gas and dust bubbles collect.
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NASA reveals that this is the nebula's optical illusion of having "crab legs", with the luminescent bodies presumably consisting of hydrogen, sulfur, nitrogen and oxygen.
The southern crab nebula is located about 7,000 light-years from Earth and is located in the constellation Centaurus. 19659004] NASA scientists can explain h It does get its peculiar crab leg shape, but that's not always the case.
The fog was first documented in 1967, and the scientists assumed it was just an ordinary star.
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It was not until ten years later, in 1998, that the fog came into Hubble's viewpoint of her first full view of the complicated structure of the southern crab.
The ESA said, "This picture revealed the inner nested structures, suggesting that the phenomenon that creates the outer bubbles has occurred twice in the (astronomical) recent past." [19659004NoummorethanadecadeaftertheNebulaehaddiscoverednewimagestheSouthernCrabofNebulafurtherdeveloped
However, when he was observed in more detail in 1989, they were more closely realized that it was a much more complex at exhibiting a distinctive hourglass formation.