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It took 16 years but finally a study indicates that the mystery of the Blue Nebula was solved

The Blue Nebula was discovered more than a decade ago and its color and composition puzzled scientists around the world.

It has already been said before: there are so many mysteries in the depths of the universe, how extensive is it. So it is not strange to note that a new one is resolved daily. There will still be scope for exploration and research. The most recent was discovered in 2004 and 16 years later and a lot of work seems to have the answer. It’s about the Blue nebula, this is what a study says about this phenomenon.

The Blue nebula was discovered in 2004 by scientists from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX, for its acronym in English). Its color, its composition and its surroundings stunned the researchers. Daily Mail review that at the time said it was « different from anything that had been seen before in our galaxy, in our Milky Way. »

What does the study of the Blue Nebula say?

Little by little, during the last 16 years they have been describing and identifying each of the present components. First of all, that blue circle around a star was identified as TYC 2597-735-1.

After they began to identify each of the possible visible processes they came to the conclusion that it is two stars merging into one. It could also be the youngest known example in the history of astronomy.

When it is said that two stars merged, we speak of two massive stars like our Sun. So the ring that surrounds it, they say it is a cone formed with bright debris after the fusion process.

They add that the debris shot out into space like a massive cloud. It was also cut in two by the gas disk. Since only one is facing Earth, then it looks like a central blue ring.

It took more than a decade and there were many people involved working on the project. They state that the fusion of stars is something common in the universe. But they generate so much dust that it immediately darkens and becomes impossible for the eye to notice.

« We think this object represents a late stage of these transient events. Just when the dust finally clears and we have a good view, » said one of the report’s authors, Keri Hoadley of the Caltech institute.