One-of-a-kind star discovered, nicknamed ‘Nasty’

21 mayo 2015

Astronomers have spent decades trying to determine the oddball behavior of an aging star nicknamed «Nasty 1» residing in our Milky Way galaxy. Looking at the star using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers had expected to see a bipolar outflow of twin lobes of gas from the star. The astronomers were surprised, however, to find a pancake-shaped disk of gas encircling the star. The vast disk is nearly 1,000 times the diameter of our solar system.