Orion death stars have recently been found by astronomers and the incredible discovery is sending shock waves throughout the scientific community. The Orion death stars were spotted by astronomers from the United States and Canada while using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, known as ALMA. According to a March 10 report from Astronomy.com, astronomers were studying the volatile relationship between O-type stars and protostars in the Orion Nebula at the time of the remarkable discovery.
Although it has been known since the 1960s that there is a vast stellar population in the Orion Nebula, observations have revealed that certain stars are more massive than previously thought, and that their distribution is not uniform.
When asked for more details pertaining to the discovery of the Orion death stars, Rita Mann, an astronomer with the National Research Council of Canada in Victoria, said:
“O-type stars, which are really monsters compared to our Sun, emit tremendous amounts of ultraviolet radiation and this can play havoc during the development of young planetary systems," Mann explained.
"Using ALMA, we looked at dozens of embryonic stars with planet-forming potential and, for the first time, found clear indications where protoplanetary disks simply vanished under the intense glow of a neighboring massive star.”
The massive Orion death stars destroy protostars before they even have a chance to form into planets. This is accomplished by blowing away the gas and dust surrounding the celestial bodies. Luckily for us humans, the death stars pose no risk to Earth.
“Taken together, our investigations with ALMA suggest that extreme UV regions are not just inhospitable, but they’re downright hazardous for planet formation. With enough distance, however, it’s possible to find a much more congenial environment,” said Mann. “This work is really the tip of the iceberg of what will come out of ALMA; we hope to eventually learn how common solar systems like our own are.”
The Orion Nebula is one of the great wonders of the night sky. Its discovery dates back to 400 years ago, when it was first described as "fog" in logbooks from the French astronomer Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1610). Inside the Orion Nebula lies a wide range of young stellar objects. Some of these stars are dozens of times heavier than the Sun.
Of all the massive stellar nurseries that exist in the galaxy, the Orion Nebula is the closest to Earth. This is special because it provides researchers with the best opportunity for a better understanding of the death stars as well as how nature diffuses gas clouds in fiery suns, failed stars or even planets.