Scientists have discovered two strange lasers coming out of the giant ant fog.
The mysterious explosions seem to indicate that the cluster hides a binary system in its heart.
The rare explosion is usually associated with the death of a star, and was seen by the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Telescope.
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As middle-weight stars approach our death like our own sun, they turn into dense, white dwarf stars. As they do so, they throw their outer layers of gas and dust into space, creating a kaleidoscope effect that is visible throughout the universe.
And now scientists have found that the process is even more dramatic than it first appears. At the same time, according to the new observations, stars are throwing out powerful lasers.
In the case of space ant, it is still not clear where the laser comes from. But it seems to be a twin star system that dies, in the midst of the spectacular nebula also called Menzel 3 ̵
"If we Menzel 3, we see an astonishingly complicated structure of ionized gas, but we can not see the object in its center that produces this pattern, "says Isabel Aleman, lead author of a treatise on the new results
At the broad wavelength range of the Herschel Observatory, we were able to detect a very rare type of emission called hydrogen recombination line laser emission, which provided a means of revealing the structure and physical conditions of the nebula. " 19659002] Normally the area around the stars is relatively empty and dead because the material is thrown into space and the rest of the gas is pulled back into the star. But in the case of the star in ant fog, a second star seems to capture the mass as it is ejected.
"We used Herschel to characterize various components of gas and dust in fog around old stars, but we were not necessarily after a laser phenomenon," adds Toshiya Ueta, project leader of the Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey project. "Such an issue has so far only been identified in a handful of objects, which was a remarkable discovery that we did not expect, and there is certainly more starry fog than you can see!"