Monday, May 10, 2010

Herschel telescope finds 'impossible' star so massive it would dwarf our sun

Astronomers at the Herschel telescope in Europe have spotted an 'impossible' star that will turn into one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy.

New cosmic observations from the European-built Herschel infrared space observatory have revealed previously hidden details of star form tucked away in distant galaxies. One snapshot reveals what researchers called an 'impossible' star caught in the act of forming.

The new images show thousands of these galaxies and beautiful star-forming clouds draped across the Milky Way.

These images were part of the presentation of the first results from Herschel, which was launched on May 14 of last year, today during a major scientific symposium held at the European Space Agency (ESA), which runs the observatory, in Noordwijk, Netherlands. These results challenge old ideas of star birth, and open new roads for future research.

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