Hubble captures two young stars in Orion Nebula constantly transforming

February 21, 2023  19:13

The Hubble Space Telescope, a joint project of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), continues to take impressive photographs of various objects in space despite its age. This time, two bright young stars from the Orion Nebula, which are constantly transforming, came into the telescope's field of view.

According to, in the central part of the presented photo is the bright star V372 of the Orion Nebula, which belongs to the class of blue supergiants and Orion variable stars. This is a type of irregular variable stars associated with scattered nebulae. The second star can be seen in the upper left corner of the image.

Both stars are located in the Orion Nebula about 1,450 light years from Earth. These young stars undergo a period of continuous transformation, which is reflected in an irregular change in their brightness.

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It was possible to study this part of the Universe in detail thanks to the ability of the Hubble instruments to operate in the visible and infrared ranges.

The image presented was taken with two Hubble instruments. The instrument in question is the Advanced Camera for Surveys, which is designed to search for galaxies and galactic clusters in the far reaches of the universe. The other instrument is Wide Field Camera 3, which operates in the UV and visible bands.

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