NASA has just released this image of a bright red dwarf explosion taken by the Hubble Telescope.
According to Space.com, bands of cosmic gas appear have just been captured by the Hubble telescope after a white dwarf star ended its life in an explosion, also known as a Type la supernova. The remnants of this supernova, officially named DEM L249, are located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The LMC is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, one of the closest galaxies to Earth.
Hubble captured this new image of DEM L249 while surveying the LMC in search of leftover white dwarf stars, according to a statement from NASA.
“White dwarfs are usually stable, but in a binary system – when two stars orbit each other – a white dwarf can suck up matter from a companion to the point of reaching a limit of mass. and exploded,” NASA officials said in the statement.DEM L249 is a particularly unusual supernova remnant, thought to be a high-mass and relatively young white dwarf at the end of its life.
Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton space observatory, astronomers found that DEM L249’s gas is hotter and more luminous than the remnants. accumulations of other Type la supernovas.
The white dwarf that gave rise to DEM L249 is believed to have been extremely massive when it exploded, with NASA also suggesting that the star exploded before its life cycle was actually over.