Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Hubble's Stunning New Images, Finds: Oregon Coast Astronomy Desk

Published 01/27/2016 at 12:51 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

(Manzanita, Oregon) – From the Oregon coast science desk: plenty of new images from NASA's Hubble and other satellite equipment have made for startling new finds and views in deep space in the last month. The largest ever galaxy cluster, new star clusters, and even more dark matter. (Photo above: the diamond-like "celebrity stars" in the Carina Nebula).

Last week, Hubble released some new images of some of the Milky Way's “celebrity stars,” as researchers named them. They are extremely bright but short-lived, located 8,000 light-years away in the Carina Nebula, a huge star-formation region in our galaxy.

The cluster is a mere 500,000 years old, and it is one of the highest concentrations of massive, luminous stars in the entire Milky Way. Scientists say within just a few million years they will burn out and explode as supernovae. However, the blast waves will trigger the formation of a new generation of stars inside the nebula in an ongoing cycle of star birth and death.

Three of NASA's Great Observatories helped astronomers make some incredibly detailed studies of an extremely massive young galaxy cluster. (Pictured at right). This rare galaxy cluster, which is located 10 billion light-years from Earth, is almost as massive as 500 trillion suns. This object has important implications for understanding how these megastructures formed and evolved early in the universe.

The galaxy cluster is so far away the light being seen now is likely from a time when the universe was about one quarter of its current age.

It's not only the most massive galaxy cluster seen so far, but IDCS J1426.5+3508 (IDCS 1426 for short), has yielded some big surprises. New data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory show that about 90 percent of the mass of the cluster is in the form of dark matter, a mysterious substance detected so far only through its gravitational pull on normal matter composed of atoms.

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes recently helped find find incredibly intense supernovae in other galaxies which had similarities to the one and only such object known to exist in our galaxy.

Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is best known for an enormous eruption seen in the mid-19th century that hurled an amount of material at least 10 times the sun’s mass into space.

Eta Carinae outshines our sun by 5 million times. The binary system consists of two massive stars in a tight 5.5-year orbit. Astronomers estimate that the more massive star has about 90 times the sun's mass, while the smaller companion may exceed 30 solar masses.

Researchers knew other similar objects were out there, but this is the first time that theory has photographic proof.

A newborn star provided a new surprise last month with recent photos from Hubble. In the center of the image, partially obscured by a dark, Jedi-like cloak of dust, a newborn star shoots twin jets out into space as a sort of birth announcement to the universe. (Pictured at right).

Gas from a surrounding disk rains down onto the dust-obscured protostar and engorges it. The material is superheated and shoots outward from the star in opposite directions along an uncluttered escape route - the star's rotation axis. Much more energetic than a science fiction lightsaber, these narrow energetic beams are blasting across space at over 100,000 miles per hour. This celestial lightsaber does not lie in a galaxy far, far away but rather inside our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

More of the Oregon coast at night below. More science from the Oregon coast.





 

Where to stay in this area - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, saut�ed scallops.
Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss
Pacific City, Oregon

 


 


Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Hawaii Lava Flows are Look at Oregon Coast Millions of Years Ago
Heated masses explode upon contact with the sea water, which then in turn cool to become something you see here. Geology
How Unusual is that Dolphin Stranding on Oregon Coast?
A look back at the only other documentation in 2008. Science, Seaside Aquarium
Oregon Coast Rarity: Stranded Dolphin Only Seen Four Times in 23 Years
A northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) found on June 9. Science, Seaside Aquarium
Latest Oregon Coast: Star Party, Lighthouse Closure, Scenic Bikeways
An astronomy party in two parts of Oregon; a lighthouse near Florence under repair
Major Kite Festival for Oregon Coast Town, and Video / TV Premieres
Kites and beachy videos are on the menu in Lincoln City this month as well as actual menus on TV. Lincoln City events
Surfing and Fish Buying Events Return to Oregon Coast
Otter Rock n Roll surfing day and the yum-alicious Shop at the Docks. Newport events
Seaside's 'Sailors Grave' an Intricate N. Oregon Coast Mystery
Seaside's equivalent of a tomb of the unknown soldier, but in this case it's men who sailed the sea. History
Painted Rocks Movement on Oregon Coast: Big Rock Garden of Seaside
The trend or movement has led to something big in Seaside

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details