"We detected a very rare type of emission called laser emission from the hydrogen recombination line"
Dr. Isobel German
The two unusual rays seem to show that a double star is in the center of the nebula.
Lasers usually become visible when a star is dying.
When stars begin to die they become white dwarf stars and emit rays as they shed their outer layers of gas into space, creating a multi-colored effect that can be seen throughout the galaxy.
Scientists from the European Space Agency detected the lasers, but did not know exactly where they came from.
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But experts believe that recently detected rays indicated that a twin star is dying at the heart of the planet. nebula.
Dr. Isobel Aleman, who is investigating the results, said they detected a rare type of emission.
He added: "When we observe Menzel 3, we see an incredibly complex structure made of ionized gas, but we can not see the object in the center producing this pattern.
" Thanks to the sensitivity and wide range of wavelength of the Herschel observatory, we detected a very rare type of emission called a hydrogen recombination laser emission, which provided a way to reveal the structure and physical conditions of the nebula. "
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