Pillars Of Destruction Spotted In Carina Nebula

Posted: Nov 2 2016, 11:09am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Pillars of Destruction Spotted in Carina Nebula
These composite image shows several pillars within the Carina Nebula which were observed and studied with the MUSE instrument, mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope. The massive stars within the star formation region slowly destroy the pillars of dust and gas from which they are born. Credit: ESO/A. McLeod
  • Technicolor Carina Nebula destroyed by Adjacent Stellar Energy

The technicolor Carina Nebula has been destroyed by adjacent stellar energy. Photos of this have reached earth by way of the science of astronomy.

Huge pillar-like structures exist within the Carina Nebula. These have been detected by the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. They for all purposes looked to be Pillars of Destruction.

These have been given a name in contrast to the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. They bear a striking resemblance to the so-called Pillars of Destruction.

The pillars are actually huge clouds of dust and gas in the Carina Nebula. As for the stellar complex it is 7500 light years away from the earth. MUSE has taken myriad pics of the Carina Nebula.

The pics have different wavelengths of light. The astronomers have mapped out the physical and chemical properties of these cosmic structures in deep space.

The Pillars of Creation and NGC 3603 were compared with these Pillars of Destruction. A total of ten pillars have been sensed by the instrument. The radiation given off by the nearby stars has also been noted down by the researchers.

It is highly ironic that any star that forms and is massive to boot oftens starts to annihilate the cloud from which it was born. Large stars often have a considerable effect on their surroundings.

Humongous doses of ionizing radiation arise from these stars. This radiation has enough energy to remove the electrons from their orbits around atoms. Proof of the interaction between these stellar sources and their environs is scant.

Through photoevaporation, the effects of energetic radiation on the pillars was laid out in the open. Gas is ionized and then dissipates afterwards in this process. Photoevaporation reduced the problem to a few choices and the loss of mass from the pillars was known with certainty.

The amount of ionizing radiation given off and the loss of mass had a correlation between them. This much is for sure. It seems to be an autolytic universe out there.

Yet we still have a lot to understand about the stars and pillars. Things are not as simple as they seem. Reality may be concrete but it is nevertheless very complex.

For now we have the brilliant and colorful photos which are equal to any master artist’s rendition of the most beautiful structures ever seen by the eyes of man.

This research was presented in a paper entitled "Connecting the dots: a correlation between ionising radiation and cloud mass-loss rate traced by optical integral field spectroscopy," by A. F. McLeod et al., published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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