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Stellar Wind in Orion

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Text, News From The Universe. July 9, 2020
 
Stellar Wind in Orion
 
In the Orion Nebula, the young star Theta 1 Orionis C is blowing a bubble that is regulating the formation of other stars.
 
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Stellar winds of 31,000 mph are clearing out the area around the star, preventing the formation of other stars nearby.
 
Infrared and radio observations indicate star formation is possible at the edges of the bubble, where gas has been compacted.

Image, compacted areas of gas are circled along the edge of a bright white area of interstellar gas.
 
Text, NASA's infrared SOFIA observatory, with the Institute of Radio and Millimeter Astronomy (IRAM, provided this glimpse of active star formation regulation.
 
The study is one more step in understanding the complexity of the stellar nursery environment.
 
This news was brought to you in part by NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, CA