NASA Shares Image of a Luminous Blue Star for Hubble Space Telescope’s 31st Birthday


To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the launching of Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers from NASA aimed the observatory at probably the most brightest stars seen in our galaxy on Friday. Called AG Carinae, it is located about 20,000 light-years absent. It is not just a luminous dot in the sky, but a glowing gas-and-dust nebula waging a battle inside itself to steer clear of self-destruction. The star started forming around 10,000 years ago through an eruptive process and is likely to live to tell the tale only some years, a minuscule lifespan in comparison to the kind of 10-billion-year lifetime of our Sun.

The Hubble Space Telescope launched 31 years ago on April 24 and is still working, capturing spectacular cosmic images. Stars like the AG Carinae are a few of the biggest and brightest. The image tweeted by NASA used to be taken in ultraviolet light, which offers a reasonably clearer view of the dust structures around the star. Hubble is ideally suited for ultraviolet-light observations.

Soon after being posted, the image received numerous appreciation, with some users even thanking NASA. “What a beautiful star, living on with its own nebula. I love the little complexities that let these hot stars do these things,” a Twitter user with the deal with @Ferric_Foxide said. Another user @KramerDuc thanked NASA for “enriching humanity”.

Called the luminous blue variables, NASA explains that these stars exhibit a dual personality. For a very long time, they remain dormant and then suddenly erupt in an impatient outburst. On account of their size and incredibly hot temperatures, these stars constantly remain in a battle to care for stability between the radiation pressure bound outward and gravity out of doors urgent in. The radiation steadily wins, exploding the star into a volcanic eruption. After the outburst, these stars again gain some stability and remain quiet for a while.

AG Carinae, too, has undergone this period of two forces pulling it in contrary direction but its outbursts have been less violent when in comparison to its peers, says NASA.

The luminous blue variables are important for astronomers as they’ve far-reaching effects on their surroundings, but they’re infrequent to find: fewer than 50 are known. These stars spend thousands of years in this phase and plenty of of them end their lives in titanic supernova blasts, enriching the universe with heavier elements beyond iron.

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