Researchers at the Gemini Observatory in Chile have captured the clearest images of the Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372. The new footage so impressed scientists accustomed to dry scientific language that they called them stunning.
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The Eta Carinae emission nebula consists of a dense cloud of gas and dust and is the site of active formation of new stars. Scientists call such areas a nursery for cosmic luminaries. The magic of the universe takes place in them, so all astronomers, without exception, dream of looking there. It is for this reason that obtaining a high-quality image of the nebula is a real astronomical event. Rice University's Patrick Hartigan says the new footage is stunning. For the first time, scientists were able to see many different details. They are observed along the edge of the cloud and surprise with a long series of parallel ridges, probably created by a magnetic field.
Scientists have explained that a star cannot be born anywhere, since certain conditions are required for its formation. They appear in a thick cloud of gas and dust that is saturated with molecular hydrogen. These are usually dense spheres that appear opaque. Infrared equipment allows penetration into these dark areas. Therefore, in this case, Gemini telescopes have a significant advantage over the famous Hubble.
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The authors of the scientific work admitted that they had never seen the Carina Nebula in such detail. These images provide the clearest picture of how young stars can influence their environment to date.