(ORDO NEWS) — NASA‘s Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of the Orion Nebula, 1,344 light-years from Earth, which experts say could provide clues to the first few million years of our solar system’s existence.
The Orion Nebula is about 24 light-years across and is the closest major star-forming region to Earth, making it sometimes visible to the naked eye.
Massive young stars in the Orion Nebula emit large amounts of ultraviolet radiation into the surrounding cloud, which change the shape of the cloud as well as its chemical composition.
However, how this works and affects farther-distance stars and planet formation is still a mystery.
“We have never been able to see the smallest details of how interstellar matter is arranged in these environments, and to understand how planetary systems can form.
These images reveal the legacy of the interstellar medium in planetary systems,” said Emily Khabar, Associate Professor at the Institute of Spatial Astrophysics (IAS) in France.
In the near future, the images obtained with the help of the new telescope will be studied by groups of scientists.
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