The Hubble Space Telescope, a joint NASA and ESA, has brought images of LHA 120-N 150,media reported. This is a nebula of dust and gas surrounded by stars, thought to be hot spots for star formation, and this particular region is helping astronomers gain more insight into how large-mass stars form.
In the newly released image (processed), clouds appear in pink and young stars shine around them.
“Theoretical models of large-mass star formation suggest that they should be formed within the cluster, but observations suggest that as many as 10 percent of them are isolated,” ESA said in a press release on Wednesday. “
Astronomers are trying to figure out whether these isolated stars were born alone or left home early, and they are now looking closely at LHA 120-N 150 to see if they can find the difference between the new star and the dust cluster slumps in the nebula.
“Only detailed analysis and observations can reveal their essence, which will help ultimately solve the unsolved mystery of the origin of large-mass stars,” ESA said.