Thursday, 03 Dec, 2009 Science

Astronomers Spot the Hottest Star in the Galaxy


Astronomers discovered what they believe is one of the hottest stars in the galaxy. Experts from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics say that the dying star was noticed in the core of the Bug Nebula and it is 35 times hotter than our sun. Astronomers also mentioned that the temperature on the surface of the star is 200,000 degrees.

The discovery was possible thanks to the recently renovated Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Albert Zijlstra from The University of Manchester said that the star was hard to find due to the fact that a cloud of ice and dust, predominating in the center of the nebula, covers it.

It is worth mentioning that the Bug Nebula is located 3,500 light years away and can be spotted in the constellation Scorpius. The pictures of the nebula and the star behind the dust were made to test the possibilities of the telescope that was upgraded with a brand new Wide Field Camera, informs TimesOnline.

According to Professor Zijlstra, it is very important to understand planetary nebulas like the Bug Nebula, because they may hold the key to understanding our own existence. The pictures taken by Hubble will soon be available in the Astrophysical Journal.

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