Thursday, April 30, 2020

NASA=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=99s_?=Webb Telescope to Unravel Riddles of a Stellar Nursery


NASA's Webb Telescope to Unravel Riddles of a Stellar Nursery

Release date: April 30, 2020

Webb will examine young stars in the crowded Trapezium Cluster, an inner region of the Orion Nebula

The nearby Orion Nebula is home to a bustling stellar nursery called the Trapezium Cluster, where approximately a thousand very young stars are crammed into a space only 4 light-years across. These stars are around a million years old, which at first glance doesn't seem very young. However, if our solar system were a middle-aged person, the stars in the Trapezium would be just three- or four-day-old babies. Astronomers using the Webb telescope will study this cluster to understand stars and their planetary systems in the very earliest stages.

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