Fried Egg Nebula: Yellow Hypergiant Star’s Best Image Captured (Photo)

By on Sep 29, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, World Comments

Fried Egg Nebula“, one of the rarest classes of stars in our universe has been spotted and captured with the best image by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, according to Space.com report on September 28, 2011.

The massive yellow hypergiant star was officially known as IRAS 17163-3907. It is surrounded by a huge dusty double shell that resembles an egg white around a yolky center, reasons for astronomers to name the star as the “Fried Egg Nebula“.

According to reports, the star is located about 13,000 light-years away from Earth and was said to be the closest yellow hypergiant star found to date.

“This object was known to glow brightly in the infrared but, surprisingly, nobody had identified it as a yellow hypergiant before,” Eric Lagadec, of the European Southern Observatory, said in a statement. Lagadec led the team that produced the new images which were released September 28, 2011.

Fried Egg Nebula Photo
Image Credit: ESO/E. Lagadec



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