Washington, Nov 27, : , The Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning view showing the Prawn Nebula floating in deep space.The Prawn Nebula, a huge stellar nursery, is located in the constellation Scorpius and is approximately 6,000 light-years from Earth.
Although the Nebula spans 250 light-years, and covers an area four times larger than the full moon, it emits light in wavelengths that the human eye cannot see, making it very faint for earthbound viewers.
NASA released a statement saying that Hubble’s gaze shows a small portion of the Nebula in both visible infrared light and invisible infrared, and captures dazzling detail of its structure, including bright areas filled with glowing gas.
The Prawn Nebula (also known as IC 4628) is an emission nebula.This means that its gas has been ionized by the radiation from nearby stars.
These massive stars emit radiation that strips electrons from the hydrogen atoms in the nebula.The energised electrons transform from a higher-energy state to one that is lower-energy by recombining their hydrogen nuclei.This causes the gas to glow.
The Hubble Space Telescope image of the Hubble Space Telescope was taken as part of a survey on massive- and intermediate-sized “protostars,” which are newly formed stars.
Astronomers used Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 infrared sensitivity to search for hydrogen ionized with ultraviolet light ionised from the protostars, stars, and other features.
rvt/svn #Hubble #Prawn #Nebula