The mysterious objects have a size similar to that of Jupiter
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has spotted a mysterious new class of objects in the Orion Nebula about 1,344 light-years away.
The space bodies have a size similar to that of the planet Jupiter and they even seem to move in pairs.
The telescope observed about 40 pairs which were named Jupiter Mass Binary Objects or ‘Jumbos’. Astronomers are trying to determine what kind of cosmic objects the Jumbos are.
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These objects may have grown from regions of the nebula where the density of material was insufficient to successfully complete star formation, or they may have formed around stars and then been ejected into interstellar space.
The Orion Nebula is actually part of a much larger nebula, known as the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, that spans the entire constellation. The Orion Nebula contains the closest star producing region to Earth. Its actual diameter is estimated at 24 light years.
Also present in the nebula are supersonic “pellets” of gas that pierce the nebula’s dense hydrogen clouds.
Each of these globules is 10 times the size of the Solar System (to the orbit of Pluto) and its edges are highlighted by blue radiation from iron atoms, and their genesis is likely due to some unknown violent event that took place a thousand or so years ago. years.
The Jumbos contain steam and methane in their atmospheres and temperatures of around 1,830°F (1,000°C), but, according to the Daily Mail, experts don’t think that’s where alien life might be.
The Jumbos were spotted in new images revealed by the European Space Agency (ESA) that show the Orion Nebula in unprecedented detail.
According to the agency, data from ground-based telescopes hinted at the existence of JUMBO before it was officially identified by the James Webb Telescope.
“We were looking for these very small objects and we found them,” Professor Mark McCaughrean at the ESA told the Guardian.
While JUMBOs are too small to be stars, that doesn’t mean they’re planets.
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