NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope celebrates Halloween with a bunch of spooky photos. His most recent discovery is CW Leonis, a dying carbon star that looks like a giant spider web spooky in space!
As Halloween approaches, Hubble unveiled new content tailored to the event. The Space Observatory has contributed eight interesting and spooky celestial views on its Twitter page. All content is compiled into a two-minute video clip.
Happy (almost) Halloween! ??
Hubble has seen a number of frightening cosmic objects, but nothing compares to a recent image of a “spider’s web” in space.
Look, if you dare …
– Hubble (@NASAHubble) 28 October 2021
In the video, Hubble presented:
- Magnetic monster galaxies
- Weird giant space pumpkin
- Giant Space Spider Web
- A giant bat shadow
- Scary red spider
- An angry cat’s eye
- Terrifying Phantom Nebula
- Twin galaxy eyes
For interested fans, you can grab these photos from The Hubble Twitter page and use them for stickers or wallpapers.
NASA Hubble Images and Videos: Giant Space Spider Web
The most notable of the spooky clips is the Space Spider Web, which is a giant red star called CW Leonis. Not only does it look cool, the researchers were also shocked at its level of space activity.
According to Nasa, its orange-red “spider web” are dusty clouds of sooty coal engulfing the dying star. The carbon from its inner nuclear fusion detonated outer space, creating unique outer layers. The internal structure which resembles arcs or “spaces between the threads of the web” is shaped by the magnetic field of the star. As usual, the space obeying the laws of nature creates spectacular and unexpected views.
The researchers said the dust shroud around CW Leonis could pass beams of stellar light. However, they are still looking for the reason for the intense brightness of CW Leonis. They speculate that its nucleus and the shell plasma that surrounds it began to fuse with hydrogen and created the outer layers that swell around the swollen red giant.
It should also be noted that CW Leonis and its orange-reddish-colored extension have a relatively low surface temperature of 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of its sections were invisible at mid-infrared wavelengths and were eventually replaced by the green streaks found in the photo.
CW Leonis is only 400 light years from Earth, making it the closest carbon star to the planet. This optimal position gives researchers a chance to study and analyze the star and its interaction with the environment.
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Earlier this week, NASA Hubble revealed system issues on the iconic space telescope. The spacecraft eventually entered Safe Mode after “experiencing timing issues with the spacecraft’s internal communications.” Fortunately, NASA has ensured that its instruments all remain healthy.
Despite its decades of existence, Hubble continues to post many amazing photos and videos of space activity. Researchers and space fans are hoping the space telescope could make even more discoveries later this year.
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