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Hubble Space Telescope “Catches” Boomerang Nebula


Published on: August 20, 2023,

Hubble Space Telescope is a space telescope which was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation. Even though it was not  first space telescope it is one of the largest and most versatile renowned both as vital research tool for astronomy. Hubble Space Telescope has captured details of Boomerang Nebula which is in zero temperature and is 5000 light years away. The reflecting cloud of dust and gas has nearly two symmetrical lobes and are being ejected from a central star. Over the last 1500 years the nebula has lost mass on half time of our sun in an ejection process known as bipolar outflow.  This has resulted in two al most symmetrical lobes of matter radiating outwards.


The nebula’s catchy name Boomerang is derived from its symmetrical structure as seen from ground based telescope. With the aid of Hubble telescope Hubble is able to detect patterns and ripples in the nebula very close to central star which cannot be visible from the ground. The Boomeranmg Nebula is 5000 light years away and has a temperature of one degree Kelvin above absolute zero ( nearly 460 degrees Fahrenheit).  The nebula has gathered significant attention in astronomical community and has become iconic subject for telescopic studies.


Boomerang Nebula is chillingly cold and one of the coldest known region in the universe. It is even colder than background temperature of space. The nebula is a compelling subject of study due to its unique structure and mysteries surrounding its central star.


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