There’s a strange sickle-shaped object in the Carina Nebula. The authors of this paper used observations at several different wavelengths to investigate the nature of this intriguing nebula, leading to some interesting discoveries and even more questions.
Any photon with a wavelength shorter than 912 angstroms (the Lyman limit) will ionize neutral hydrogen by raising the atom’s electron from the ground state to an unbound state at infinity. From measurements of quasar absorption spectra, we know that the reionization of the intergalactic medium from its previously neutral state (at redshifts greater than 7) to the highly ionized state we observe today was complete by redshift of ~7. However, we still do not know which sources were responsible for producing the ionizing photons.
Everyone knows the Hubble Space Telescope — we saw its pictures growing up, and we use it now to probe everything from dark energy to planets’ genesis. But did you know in 2004 it came perilously close to extinction (and not the optical kind!)? The documentary “Saving Hubble,” which we profile here, tells the story of the battle for the great instrument’s survival.
Paper title: Star Formation in 30 Doradus Authors: Guide De Marchi et al. First author’s affiliation: European Space Agency, Space Sciences Department The 30 Doradus star forming region, located 50 kpc away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is home to the closest super star cluster, R136. Containing about 2400 OB stars, the star cluster emits […]