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18 November 2018


'Bat Shadow' 200 times size of solar system spotted

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NASA got into the Halloween spirit on Wednesday, posting a telescope image of what it nicknamed "Bat Shadow" - a dark conic-shape silhouette stemming from a Sun-like star more than a thousand light-years from our planet.

Axar.az reports citing Sputnik.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a colossal shadow, cast by a massive star named HBC 672. According to astronomers, its light echoes from a disk of dust, rock and ice that surrounds the star, forming magnificent shadows which look like outstretched bat wings, hence the name.

This feature is literally out-of-this-world as it belongs to the Serpens Nebula, a constellation some 1,300 light-years from the Earth.

The "wing" stretches roughly 200 times the length of our solar system, and strange as it may sound, the shadow, in fact, sheds light on the location of HBC 672, which is too far from us to be seen by Hubble.

The Bat Shadow hints at what the Solar System looked like billions of years ago, explained Klaus Pontoppidan of the Space Telescope Science Institute. "This is an analog of what the solar system looked like when it was only 1 or 2 million years old," he said. "For all we know, the solar system once created a shadow like this".

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