This observation was made by the Atacama Pathfinder experiment run by the European Southern Laboratory in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Orion is not just a popular galaxy. This part of the sky is also the place where giant clouds of hydrogen give birth to new stars and planets. Molecular clouds are found 1,300 to 1,600 light-years from our planet.
The Flame Nebula has a group of young stars at its center. These stars emit high energy radiation, causing gas clouds to glow dramatically.
This new look at Orion specific features came after the installation of the Super Game Tool in the Atacama Pathfinder experience. The device is designed to monitor molecular clouds located across the Milky Way. In this particular study, the team used it to study radio waves from carbon monoxide in Orion clouds.
“As astronomers say, when you have a new telescope or instrument, look at Orion – always find something new and interesting!” Stanky said in a statement.
While observing the Flame Nebula and its surroundings, researchers discovered light-reflecting clouds from nearby stars and discovered a new, smaller circular nebula, named the Cow Nebula. The Super Game tool will help astronomers to map these star nurseries where stars are born.
In the image below the flame nebula dominates the left half inside the yellow rectangle. On the right is a reflection of NGC 2023 and on the top right is the horse head nebula.
Swipe back and forth between the two images to see the differences in the background, one captured in infrared light by the Visual and Infrared Survey Telescope at the Paranal Laboratory in Chile, and the other visible from the Digital Sky Survey 2.
Due to Orion’s popularity, telescopes flew in many wavelengths of light in this part of the sky.
Despite the fiery nebula’s fiery appearance, the clouds are very cold, reaching some ten degrees above absolute zero. Absolute zero negative 273.15 degrees Celsius or negative 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit.
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