Topic: Interstellar Cloud
Written by Whitney Clavin
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA – Orion, the famous hunter presiding over northern winter skies, may experience a stellar crash in its future. The red star at its shoulder, called Betelgeuse, appears to be set to collide with a dusty “wall” in 5,000 years.
A new image from the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation, reveals the shedding, aging star — called Betelgeuse – is located near an odd, linear bar of material.
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is seen here in a new view from the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation. (Image credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/L. Decin et al)
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