The Flame Nebula or NGC 2024 is a big star-forming area within the constellation Orion that lies about 1,400 light-years from Earth. Hubble studied this nebula to search for protoplanetary disks, or “proplyds”—disks of gasoline and dust round stars that will one day kind new solar programs.
Hubble discovered 4 confirmed proplyds and 4 doable proplyds within the nebula, however the proplyds are being worn away by the extraordinary radiation of close by stars and should by no means have the possibility to kind planets because of this.
Hubble additionally positioned three “globulettes” within the nebula—small, darkish dust clouds that may be seen in opposition to the background of vivid nebulae.
These dust clouds are thought to kind brown dwarfs—heat objects too large to be planets however with out sufficient mass to develop into stars—and different free-floating, planetary-mass objects in our galaxy
The Flame Nebula is a part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, which incorporates such well-known nebulae because the Horsehead Nebula and Orion Nebula.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Hubble finds flame Nebula’s searing stars might halt planet formation (2021, November 23)
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