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A fresh look at the coldest place in the known universe

Image: NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech

Image: NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 1:52 PM -

This rosy, inviting nebula is the coldest place in the universe, according to NASA.

Apparently, the Boomerang Nebula shivers in the cosmos at around negative 272C - One degree above absolute zero, the coldest temperature possible in our universe.

NASA used its Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array telescope in Chile to get a fresh look at the nebula, and this is the image they released late last week.

"This ultra-cold object is extremely intriguing and we're learning much more about its true nature," Raghvendra Sahai, a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said last week in a statement.

Sahai says the fresh look allowed NASA to determine the object was much broader than originally thought, and it is rapidly expanding.

The results of the research have been published in the Astrophysical Journal.

The Boomerang Nebula is around 5,000 light years from Earth.

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