E42 - Potential Young Twin of Our Sun
"Pillars of Creation," the picture shown above, is possibly one of the most popular space photographs ever taken. The Hubble Telescope took the image in 1995 of M16, the Eagle Nebula (shown below).
E42, a dense ball of interstellar gas, is jutting out the leftmost pillar. E42 is a stellar embryo that could develop into a star very similar to our Sun. E42 is in the “earliest stages of development ever detected for this type of object,” according to Space.com.
E42 is a an evaporating gas globule (EGG), an “egg” of gas from which a star eventually emerges. More from Space.com:
this particular EGG has the same mass as the Sun and appears to be maturing in a violent environment matching the one thought to have produced Earth’s life-giving star.
You can read more about E42 here.
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