Nebulae & GalaxiesB y : J a s m i n e Ta m , J e n n if e r L e e , &
What is a nebula?A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases
How do nebulae form stars?Gas, dust, and other materials “clump” together to form massesGravity pulls other matter to the clumpEventually, clump will become massive enough to form stars
How are nebulae formed?Collapse of interstellar gas in space Ultraviolet rays from surrounding stars ionizes the surrounding gas making the nebula visibleSupernova explosions from stars of over 100 solar massesWhen stars lose their outer layers of gases at the end of their lives
Types of Nebula: Diffuse Nebula Supernova RemnantEmission Reflection Dark Nebula Nebula Nebula Planetary H II Regions Nebula
Diffuse Nebula:Nebulae which are extended and do not contain (visible) well-defined boundariesSome diffuse nebula contain enough gas and dust to form about 100,000 stars the size of the sunMay be positioned near a bright star
Diffuse Nebula – Emission NebulaLight from a nearby star energizes the gasatoms of the nebula causing this nebula to beable to emit lightThere are 2 types of emission nebulaePlanetary NebulaH II Regions
Diffuse Nebula – Emission NebulaPlanetary Nebula H II Regions Occurs during red giant Newly formed stars emit phase of a star when ultraviolet light which outer layers of star is ionize the surrounding shed gases Ultraviolet radiation from exposed core ionizes shed layers Ring Nebula “Pillars of Creation” Eagle Nebula
Diffuse Nebula – Reflection NebulaDo NOT emit lightDust particles reflect light from starsUsually blue in colour because dust grains Witch Head Trifid Nebula reflect more blue light than red light Nebula
Supernova RemnantCaused by the explosion of a starConsists of the ejected matter from the explosion Crab Nebula
Dark Nebula – What is it?Interstellar cloud that is extremely dense with interstellar dust grains located in the coldest, darkest places of the nebula.It is dark enough to block out ALL light! Even the neighbouring stars around the nebula!
Coal Sack NebulaBrilliant example of a dark nebula, as it can easily be seen by human eyes.On bright, starry nights, it’s seen as a dark patch on the night sky, clearly apparent from the background of Milky WayBelongs to the constellation Crux, and can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere
Snake NebulaDark Nebulae have no definite shape and boundariesMany twist and turn into convulsing shapes. A good example is the Snake NebulaAlso known as Barnard 72, it is S-shaped and found in the constellation OphiuchusPart of the Great Dark Horse Nebula
Horse Head NebulaPerhaps the most famous of the Dark Nebulae, also known as Barnard 33, is the Horse Head Nebula. Found in constellation Orion, and it lies behind the star Alnitak. Categorized and found by Edward Emerson About 1600 light years awayMore apparent because the bright nebula, IC 434 is behind it, casting a larger shadow.
Bok Globules and New StarsSmall dark nebulae are often referred to as Bok Globules.Cool clouds of gas and dust that are more spherical in shape, resembling drops of waterNamed after Bart J. Bok (American astronomer)Believed to create lower mass stars.Dark Nebulae also site for creating new stars, as mentioned by Jen.
So What Happens When a Star Explodes?As mentioned before, if the star was less than 8 solar masses, it will turn into a planetary nebulaeIf more than 8 solar masses, it will turn into a supernova remnant!Supernova remnant is the structure left behind after a supernova explosion (star goes BOOM)Heats up interstellar medium and sends out important metals throughout universe
Types of Supernova Remnants (I)2 main types: First type is the shell-type remnant (heats up interstellar medium during explosion) Interstellar medium: dust and gas between stars and galaxies (after supernova explosion becomes hot)Cygnus Loop: example of a shell type remnant (show picture) Found in constellation Cygnus (extremely large for a supernova remnant) Scientists have found 4 smaller nebulae inside the Loop!
Types of Supernova Remnants (II) Crab NebulaSecond type is crab-type remnant. Famous Crab Nebula found in (also called pulsar wind nebulae) constellation Taurus (show picture) Contains neutron star that sends out regular pulses ofstar called Crab Central neutron radiation Pulsar These supernova remnants filled with high energytimes per second neutron Spins 30.2 electrons from the star while emitting radiation
What are Spiral Galaxies?Thin structures similar to a diskHave arms of stars spiralled around the galaxy’s center.Tightly wound spiral called “Sa” ; loose spiral is called “Sc.”Consist of mainly young, new starsHave interstellar matter in galaxy disk approximately 10,000 to almost 100,000 light years in diameter
What are Spiral Galaxies?Center of the spiral galaxy bulge (a dense concentration of stars)Diameter of a few thousand light yearsExtends above and below the disk.Spiral arms & blue waves in the galaxy disk’s density hold high proportion of huge, hot starsStars shine longer & have brighter light than smaller, more common stars, eg. Sun
What are Barred-Spiral (SB) Galaxies? Very similar to spiral galaxies Have a bar of stars running through the middle Tightly wound barred-spiral galaxy is called “SBa” ; loosely wound barred-spiral galaxy Called “SBc.”
What are Barred-Spiral (SB) Galaxies?Theories of bar fueling stars during its evolution.Theories of bar created by density wave from the galaxy’s centerCaused the inner stars to reshape its orbit.Those stars orbit further out T the structure of bar
Milky Way (aka Earths Galaxy)Part of the Local Group which contains over 24 other galaxies Contains many beautiful and important features Nebula in Orion’s sword. Birthing ground where powerful stars produced.Created from swallowing other galaxies Stars from the Sagittarius Dwarf GalaxyAs old as the universe Milky Way: 13.6 billion yrs ; universe 13. 7 billion yrs. Galaxy’s disk and the bulge not created until 10-12 billion yrs ago
Milky Way (aka Earths Galaxy)Has halo of approximately 150 globular clusters scattered around galactic center Globular clusters = thousands of millions of old stars tightly grouped together Only 20-30 light years across = concentrated in a swarm Stars so old most less than two solar masses & glow yellow- red.Dusty and gassy Only allow to see 6000 light years in visible spectrum Deflects visible light Infrared light can still pass through Use infrared telescope (Spitzer Space Telescope) and clearly see galaxy’s center and regions where stars form
Milky Way (aka Earths Galaxy)Have super massive black hole = Sagittarius A* Diameter 15x Sun’s Source of X-rays and radio waves from galaxy’s center200 + billion stars Only 2500 seen from Earth Low # of stars because too far from center 6000 light years closer, night sky = brighter!Theory of having halo of dark matter Invisible but existence believed through simulations