Cat's Paw Nebula May Burst Soon

Cat's Paw Nebula May Burst Soon

A latest study has pinpointed that a nebula shining at a distance of some 5,500 light-years from Earth may face a "baby boom". The Cat's Paw Nebula or NGC 6334 is being expected to be a highly productive star-forming area in the Milky Way.

It is being said that tens of thousands of stars, newly-formed, reside in the nebula. Over 2,000 stars in the nebula have been found to be very young. These were trapped inside "dusty cocoons" since their birth.

The study was presented at the American Astronomical Society's 222nd meeting on June 5. However, distant and bright starbursting galaxies have previously also been observed by astronomers. But, it is now being hoped that it could be better understood now why formation of starburst regions might occur. Since, the Cat's Paw Nebula is within the Milky Way.

"NGC 6334 is forming stars at a more rapid pace than Orion - so rapidly that it appears to be undergoing what might be called a burst of star formation", stated Sarah Willis, lead author.

She added that it could look like a 'mini-starburst', akin to the spectacular bursts' scaled-down version. Such bursts are seen in other galaxies at times, the report found.

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