New Delhi: The creation of stars has always been embedded in mystery. Their birth, subsequent evolution and their eventual collapse, not only tells us about their lifetime, but also provides an insight into the ever-metamorphosing enigma that we call the universe.
The European Space Agency has been putting in tireless efforts to conduct a probe into stellar nurseries and has released a mesmerising photograph that shows an incredibly turbulent region of the sky.
The region known as Vulpecula OB1, can be found in the constellation of Vulpeca at around 8,000 light years away. It harbours some of the biggest stars in our galaxy.
According to a report in Cnet.com, the region is giving birth to O-and B-type stars, supermassive stars that burn very hot and very bright and live for only a very short time before going supernova, sending shockwaves through the nebula and triggering new star births.
The amazing image was taken in five different infrared wavelengths by the Herschel Observatory, and reveals a web of frigid material that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The radiation emitted by the stars pushes this material, compressing it until it collapses into new stars too.