A Mysterious Cloud of Gas from the Deep Space Observed by the Hubble Space Telescope


A detailed photograph of a cloud of gas, far away in the constellation Taurus, has been captured by NASA’s Space Telescope, Hubble.

The huge cloud of gas and dust is known as nebula IRAS 05437+2502 and it lies at the center of the Milky Way. Not much was known about this gas cloud until the present time, but the features of this nebula, which resemble the shape of a boomerang, have captured the attention of astronomers who can now start studying it.

IRAS 05437+2502 is not new to scientists

The first time when this faint nebula has been observed was in 1983, with the help of the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). However, not much was known about it. Now, thanks to Hubble’s observation, considered by NASA “lucky”, scientists can begin to take a closer look to this object, whose nature is not very clear.

Interpreting the picture taken by Hubble

NASA has mentioned that the striking gas formations in the Hubble photograph may have been created by the results of aggressive ultraviolet radiation from young and shining stars.

Nevertheless, the most intriguing part of this nebula is its “boomerang” features that could unveil a more fascinating story of stars being spewed out from the clouds of gas at very high speeds.

According to the space agency, the creation of this uncommonly “sharp-edged, bright arc” could have occurred after a high-velocity young star interacted with the clouds of dust and gas.

It seems that the photo taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope was actually a part of a snapshot survey and therefore this new observation was achieved by mere luck. Such quick observations are taken by the telescope when astronomers notice a window of opportunity.


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