Behold: the bright young stars of the Trumpler 14 cluster – some as young as a mere 5 million years and still so hot, they emit detectable x-rays. Listen up, grandad:

In older star clusters, most stars this young have already died — typically exploding in a supernova — leaving behind stars that are fainter and redder. Trumpler 14 spans about 40 light years and lies about 9,000 light years away on the edge of the famous Carina Nebula. A discerning eye can spot two unusual objects in this detailed 2006 image of Trumpler 14 by the Hubble Space Telescope. First, a dark cloud just left of center may be a planetary system trying to form before being destroyed by the energetic winds ofTrumpler 14‘s massive stars. Second is the arc at the bottom left, which one hypothesis holds is the supersonic shock wave of a fast star ejected 100,000 years ago from a completely different star cluster.

(Image: NASAESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (IoAoA Spain); N. Smith (U. Arizona)


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