NASA posts an image of a massive star explosion; internet users were in awe – Technology News, Firstpost
FP trendJanuary 12, 2022 17:45:41 IST
A recent report from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has left internet users baffled. The space agency had shared an image of a supernova remnant (SNR) formed as a result of a massive stellar explosion on Jan. 11.
The image shows a swirl of different colors such as blue, purple, red and yellow, which represent different elements and form a sphere-like structure. The SNR is distinguished by its colors from the many stars around it.
According to NASA, most of the oxygen in the universe is produced by supernova explosions like the one in the photo. Such events can generate oxygen that can fuel thousands of solar systems.
According to NASA’s official website, SNRs accelerate cosmic rays at speeds very close to the speed of light. They also scatter heavy elements throughout the galaxy and release a large amount of energy, heating the universe.
Such explosions are also crucial to sustaining life on Earth, as essential elements such as iron and oxygen come from these explosions.
The image was collected using the space agency’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. It has amassed more than 15 lakh likes to date. Many people have called the photo “epic,” while others have raised questions about how far the SNR is from Earth.
This isn’t the only NASA message to go viral in recent times. A few days ago, the agency had posted a visualization video of the Monkey Head nebula. The video received a lot of appreciation from Instagram users, and many were impressed by the images.
The Monkey Head Nebula is located about 6,400 light-years from Earth. Also known as the NCG 2174, it is a star-forming region where the newly formed celestial bodies illuminate the center of the nebula with radiation from the surrounding gases.
In 2014, the nebula was photographed by NASA’s Hubble Telescope for its 24th anniversary.