Bubbles filled with thousands of stars found in the Milky Way
- NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured bubbles filled with thousands of stars in the Aquila constellation of the
Milky Way galaxy.
- There are at least 30 bubbles in the region anywhere from 10 light years to 30 light years in size.
- Scientists believe the stars within these bubbles are critical to driving the evolution of galaxies.
Spotted by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency’s ( NASA) Spitzer Space Telescope, the bubbles are anywhere between 10 light years to 30 light years in size.
The size of these bubbles is decided by the wind and radiation coming from the young and massive stars within their sphere. Stellar winds carry particle emissions from the stars and the pressure of light pushes them outward.
It’s difficult to determine their exact size due to their distance from Earth, according to NASA.
Stars with short lives
The many thousands of stars within these bubbles are OB stars — massive O and early B-type stars. OB stars are hot and big in size. Because they are so hot, they normally lead very short lives and don’t move very far within their lifespan.
But, they do emit a lot of radiation.
The radiation fields of OB stars, stellar winds and eventual supernova explosions dominate the structure of star forming galaxies — like the Milky Way — despite being relatively rare.
Scientists believe that these characteristics make OB stars critical in driving the evolution of galaxies.
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