Hubble captures a variable star in the Orion nebula

The presented image was published by the Hubble Mission support team. In its center, you can see the variable star V 372.

Variable stars of the Orion nebula (Hubble photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Bally, M. Robberto

The star photographed by Hubble is located in the Orion nebula. This is one of the closest areas of active star formation known to us, located at a distance of 1,450 light-years from Earth. In the upper left corner of the Hubble image, you can also see another smaller star, which is also part of the nebula.

V 372 refers to the so-called Orion variable stars. These newly formed luminaries can exhibit very violent fluctuations in brightness and change their brightness in the range of several stellar magnitudes. As a rule, they are associated with diffuse nebulae.

The V 372 image was obtained by combining images taken by WFC3 and ACS cameras in the visible and near infrared range. It can be noted that the star is surrounded by four characteristic diffraction rays. This is an optical effect that is associated with the design features of Hubble. Diffraction rays can also be seen on the images of the James Webb Telescope. But since it has a different mirror design than Hubble, the latter have a six-beam structure.

Earlier we talked about how the asteroid “photobombed” the Hubble image.

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