The Odd Couple: The red and the blue cloud of gas   Leave a comment

 

  • The blue gas cloud NGC 2020 and NGC 2014 its red sister owe their appearance to the action neuentstandener stars.
     The blue gas cloud NGC 2020 and NGC 2014 its red sister owe their appearance to the action neuentstandener stars.

Recording of the Very Large Telescope shows two regions in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which were created by young stars

Garching – From an “Odd Couple” says the European Southern Observatory (ESO), referring to the first two look very different-looking clouds of gas that are immediately adjacent to each other: The one appears as bright blue as the other is red. In fact, in both cases, the same forces are at work.

The two clouds NGC 2014 (red) and NGC 2020 (blue) are located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 163,000 light-years away, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. Because of their relatively small distance, they can be much more detailed study than distant galaxies. So this recording stationed in Chile’s Very Large Telescope allowed a close look at the two gas clouds. The image is created according to ESO as part of their program “Cosmic Gems” (cosmic gems), which utilizes observation of ESO telescopes, which could not be used for scientific investigations.

Ruptured cocoon newborn stars

The Large Magellanic Cloud contains many nebulae and star clusters and active regions in which new stars are formed.The latter are also the NGC 2014 and NGC 2020 give their appearance. The intense radiation of hot, young stars ionizes the clouds and lighting them up – red, where most is hydrogen, blue for oxygen.

In addition, this act strong stellar winds emanating from young stars and carry out the gas on. In the case of NGC 2020 is likely a single, very hot star exerts its effect and have the blue cloud lent their bubble-like structure.

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Posted August 9, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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