Have you ever wondered what the coldest place in the universe could be?
According to data collected by experts using several telescopes, including the Hubble Space telescope, the Boomerang nebula – approximately five thousand light years away from planet Earth has the lowest temperature of any known object in the whole universe.
Using technology built into the Atacama Large Millimeter submillimeter Array telescope, called the ALMA, researchers have found that the nebula is minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit.
Raghvendra Sahai, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory principal scientist who led the research, said in a statement: “This ultra-cold object is extremely intriguing, and we’re learning much more about its true nature with ALMA. What seemed like a double lobe, or ‘boomerang’ shape, from Earth-based optical telescopes, is actually a much broader structure that is expanding rapidly into space.”
The appearance of the Boomerang Nebula is unique and presented a challenge for astronomers to figure out why it was in the shape of an hourglass.
They discovered the carbon monoxide molecules near the inner cloud of the nebula appeared brighter than the area around the star which was masked by dust grains