American and Canadian astronomers have recently found an incredible discovery in the Orion Nebula. Orion death stars have been spotted and are destroying potential planets.
Originally, the astronomers were analyzing how O-type stars and protostars interact in the Orion Nebula using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in a joint-partnership between North America, Europe, East Asia, and the Republic of China. According to AlmaObservatory.org through News Max, ALMA is a “single telescope of revolutionary design” that is comprised of 66 high precision antennas situated in northern Chile at an altitude of 5000 meters. It must be a very powerful piece of scientific equipment, if it caught these images World of Science tweeted.
‘Death Stars’ Wreck Havoc in the Orion Nebula – http://t.co/TUbQ3nOnqb pic.twitter.com/FxO0DbbpUJ
— World and Science (@WorldAndScience) March 11, 2014
Although it has been known, since the 1960s, that there is a vast stellar population in the Orion Nebula, observations revealed certain stars are more massive than previously thought, and their distribution is not uniform. Rita Mann, an astronomer with the National Research Council of Canada, explained more thoroughly in a statement:
“O-type stars, which are really monsters compared to our Sun, emit tremendous amounts of ultraviolet radiation and this can play havoc during the development of young planetary systems.”
“Using ALMA, we looked at dozens of embryonic stars with planet-forming potential and, for the first time, found clear indications where protoplanetary disks simply vanished under the intense glow of a neighboring massive star.”
The massive Orion death stars, located about 600 billion miles, or 0.1 light-years, away from Earth, destroy protostars before they even have a chance to form into planets. This is done by blowing away the gas and dust surrounding the celestial bodies. This is vital for planet development because it requires millions of years for gas and grains of dust floating through space to combine, eventually giving way to denser bodies of matter such as planets and stars. Mann also explained this in another statement:
Taken together, our investigations with ALMA suggest that extreme UV regions are not just inhospitable, but they’re downright hazardous for planet formation. With enough distance, however, it’s possible to find a much more congenial environment. This work is really the tip of the iceberg of what will come out of ALMA; we hope to eventually learn how common solar systems like our own are.
It should also be reported, through The Examiner, that the Orion death stars pose no threat to our planet. As for our sun, despite its incredible age, it is still considered a young star, so the possibilities of it becoming a supernova, or black hole, anytime soon is unlikely. Nevertheless, the Milky Way Galaxy may have billions of earth-sized planets, at least one probably being habitable, as previously reported here, on The Inquisitr, if we ever need a back-up.
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