For years astronomers have looked at Orion Nebula, known as the hunter. It is in this region of our wonderful sky that the newest stars are being born. The stars near the hunter’s shoulder are 12 million years old. Astronomers have also discovered stars in the Orion Nebula that are less than one million years old. What has astronomers excited is the red glowing dust that is part of the Orion Nebula. This area is where the new stars are forming.
The star with the most energy has been named Theta-1C Orionis. It is from this star that the red glow occurs. This star is expected to grow bigger and become a red supergiant over the next million years. It will explode much like a balloon that has been blown up with too much air. Upon explosion, t will make as many as 40 stars and 150 planets.It was through this same process that our own sun and planets were formed. That was 4.5 billion years ago. Keep watching this area as you explore the night sky and observe the red glow coming from the Orion Nebula. This red glow produces 210,000 times the light of our own sun. It is this ultraviolet light that gives the red glow.
Image Credit: 1) NASA/ESA
- Young Stars Flicker Amidst Clouds of Gas and Dust (spacefellowship.com)
- SOFIA peers in to the heart of the Orion nebula (physorg.com)
- Hunting Orion: Tips to Spot a Famous Constellation (space.com)
- Flying Telescope Peers Into Orion Nebula’s Heart (space.com)
- Young stars flicker amidst clouds of gas and dust (physorg.com)
- Jet-based observatory flies high (bbc.co.uk)