Fast Facts About Star-Forming Regions of the Universe

Orion Nebula

 

Stars are born in nurseries with a collection of siblings that range in mass but share chemical compositions and dynamic histories. The natal environment containing a large number of “just-born” celestial objects is called a “Star Forming Region”. We find them scattered across the Milky Way primarily in the disk of the Galaxy.  In this article I review four fast facts of these critical components to propagating new generations of stars in the Universe.

Jackie Faherty, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and Editor at The Daily Galaxy.

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“Glowing” -Milky Way Seen Edge On in TESS Panorama of Southern Sky

TESS Southern Sky

 

“Analysis of TESS data focuses on individual stars and planets one at a time, but I wanted to step back and highlight everything at once, really emphasizing the spectacular view TESS gives us of the entire sky,” said Ethan Kruse, a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center of a new mosaic of the southern sky produced from a year of observations that includes supernova, red giant Betelgeuse, Orion Nebula, satellite galaxies, and the flare from a star ripped apart by a supermassive black hole.

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Stellar Flare in Nearby Orion Nebula –“10 Billion Times More Powerful Than Sun’s”

 

Stellar Flare NASA

 

The flare was thought to be caused by a disruption in an intense magnetic field actively funneling material onto a young, growing star as it gains mass from its surroundings. The event occurred in one of the nearest star-forming regions to the Earth, the Orion Nebula. It lasted only a matter of hours.

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