How long does it take for a nebula to form?

by Mat 'keith Murray' Gadsby|02 Dec 2020|Discipline|Space and Astronomy|308 views
The time it takes for a nebula to collapse into a star and start the nuclear burning of its hydrogen into helium depends on the size of the star. For a star the size of the sun, it takes about 10,000,000 years to collapse. For bigger stars, it is a shorter time - as low as 100,000 years for the biggest stars.

Similarly one may ask, how is a dark nebula created?

The dark nebulae are clumps or clouds that become opaque because of their internal dust grains. The form of such dark clouds is very irregular: they have no clearly defined outer boundaries and sometimes take on convoluted serpentine shapes.

One may also ask, what triggers the birth of a star?

STAR BIRTHS are started when the interstellar matter in gas clouds, such as the Eagle Nebula shown here, compresses and fuses. Some astronomers think that a gravitational or magnetic disturbance causes the nebula to collapse. As the gases collect, they lose potential energy, which results in an increase in temperature.

How long can a nebula live?

For bigger stars, it takes a shorter amount of time; as short as 100,000 years. For smaller stars, it can take far more than 10 million years.

Are nebulae dangerous?

There's nothing especially dangerous about the nebula specifically, deep space will kill your crew in time, if their ship is damaged. They need to escape this nebula to get to somewhere they can do long-term repairs on their ship.

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