The Hubble Telescope celebrates its 31st anniversary with the image of a giant star


Astronomers directed the Hubble Space Telescope towards a giant star called AG Carinae, where it took a new image of this star, coinciding with the celebration of the thirty-first anniversary of the launch of the telescope, and the star appeared in this image while it is in conflict between gravity and radiation to avoid self-destruction, and it was surrounded by an expanding crust of gas Dust, also known as a nebula, which was formed by the strong winds of the giant star.

The area around the star
The area around the star

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, this nebula surrounding the star is about five light-years across, and the massive structure surrounding AG Carinae was created from one or more giant explosions several thousand years ago, as the outer layers of the star were blown into space. , And the mass of expelled matter was nearly 10 times the mass of our sun.

And these stars are among the largest and brightest, with only a few million years old – compared to our star’s 10 billion years old.

Giant star
Giant star

The Hubble Project, a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and takes a “birthday photo” of a distant object every year.

AG Carinae is a few million years old, is located 20,000 light-years away within our Milky Way galaxy, and is expected to live for up to six million years.

The star is believed to be about 70 times the mass of the sun and a million times more luminous than our star, and major eruptions such as the one that produced the nebula in the new Hubble image occur multiple times, and are launched when it is in danger of self-destruction.

Also, due to their massive shapes and superheated temperatures, bright blue variable stars like AG Carinae are fighting a constant battle to preserve stability.

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