NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured the Explosion of Three Exiled Stars right before they disappeared into the void offering scientists incredibly beautiful images. The event took place last week and it triggered numerous questions in relation to other similar stars that might have disappeared in space.
Scientists at NASA have reached the conclusion that space observation does not give them access to all the events that take place in the universe. This idea was discovered as NASA’s Hubble Telescope captured the explosion of three exiled stars last week.
The three stars captured scientists’ interest particularly because they have withdrawn themselves in a very remote space area before they exploded. They were described as exiled precisely because they were not surrounded by any other significant planets or celestial bodies.
As the three stars reached an isolated region, they have produced one of the most remarkable explosion to have ever been noticed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The explosion, known as Supernova, is specific for old stars and it usually occurs right before the stars disappear.
Scientists at NASA did not use scientific terms to explain this phenomenon, but they have stated that it is very similar to the songs that swans make right before they die. The images that were captured by the Hubble Telescope speak for themselves. The explosion is incredibly bright and colorful, but it is followed by the total vanish of the three exiled stars.
According to Melissa Graham, a research Professor at the University of California, the supernova explosion may be labeled as a ‘Type La’ explosion based on the characteristics of the stars that were identified in the space images.
Graham further stated that the three stars most likely evolved from other denser stars, from which they later on separated. The separation is said to have occurred because the exiled stars were not compatible with their companions.
The first glimpse of the three exiled stars was noticed by a space telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in 2008. In 2010, scientists were able to further study the evolution of the said stars by taking new pictures of them with the help of the same space craft.
Nevertheless, the images captured by NASA’s Hubble are the clearest and they have enabled scientists to closely analyze their behavior during the Supernova. The latter proved scientists that the stars were really exile and not in a faint galaxy, as it was initially believed.
Estimates suggest that the closest galaxy to the three stars was 300-light years away. Experts are now studying the Hubble images in order to get further data related to the void space around the Supernova.
Image Source: Astronomy Now