According tomedia CNET, the process of star birth is related to gas and dust, but it is also a visual feast. A new image from Chile’s Gemal South Telescope shows the star ‘nursery chamber’ of the ship’s base nebula, also known as the Kalina Nebula, in shocking focus. Astronomers are looking for a ship’s base nebula to learn more about star formation. Images released Monday show a complex “dance” of glowing gas and dust in the “Western Wall” on the edge of the nebula.
The secret to this extraordinary image is the telescope’s adaptive optical system. “Adaptive optics can compensate for the effects of turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere to produce tit-for-tat images comparable to 2000 images from space telescopes,” Noir Lab of the National Science Foundation said in a statement Monday. NoirLab operates the Gemma Observatory.
By looking at nebulae in infrared light, we can see “the clearest view yet of how huge young stars affect their surroundings and how star and planetary formations are carried out.”
The team behind the images, led by astronomers at Rice University, published a paper on the results Monday in the Astrophysical Journal Newsletter. Study lead author Patrick Hartigan called the results “amazing.”
“Structures like the Western Wall will be a rich hunting ground for Webb and adaptive optical ground telescopes like Gemal south,” Hartigan said in a statement from Rice University. “Each one will penetrate the dust cover and reveal new information about the birth of stars.”