| July 9, 2009 at 05:17 am
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In recent years, astronomers have discovered that the Swan Nebula is one of the youngest and most massive star in the Milky Way.
The Swan Nebula Star, illuminating the sky at night with its dust composition and gas, is revealed in all its glory by a new European Space Observatory (ESO) image.
When seen through a small telescope, the nebula has a shape that reminds some observers of the final letter of the Greek alphabet, omega, while others see a swan with its distinctive long, curved neck. Other nicknames for this cosmic landmark include the Horseshoe Nebula and the Lobster Nebula.
This eerie image of the Swan Nebula is illuminated by around three dozen huge, hot baby stars burning brightly and reflecting off of dust from collapsed stars. The wind from the active star forming has blown swirling shapes into the dust, which will become the fodder for more new stars.
Also known as the Omega Nebula or the Lobster Nebula, this star-forming region is around 5,500 light years from Earth and is one of the biggest in the Milky Way, stretching 15 light years across. It became active just a few million years ago, making it one of the galaxy’s newest nurseries.
Scientists working with the European Southern Observatorys (ESO) New Technology Telescope in Chile have captured new stunning images of the Swan Nebula, a glowing stellar nursery in the Milky Way galaxy. An active star-forming region of gas and dust about 15 light-years across, the nebula has recently spawned a cluster of massive, hot stars.
The intense light and strong winds from these hulking infants have carved remarkable filigree structures in the gas and dust.
The new ESO images of the Swan Nebula Star is much useful for researchers to study about the formation and composition of such supermassive stars. High-mass stars are interesting to astronomers because they are thought to greatly affect the formation and behavior of galaxies.