Take a moment from this hellish year to imagine that a small star has been orbiting our sun. After eons, the. The chaotic smash leaves behind a star and a mesmerizing blue cloud of dust and gas, , spills out into the cosmos. The cloud extends to a distance of about 13 light-years, enough to engulf 10 solar systems stacked end to end.
While such a fate doesn’t await our sun (though it is 2020, so…), that exact scenario may have occurred a few thousand years ago at TYC 2597-735-1, a star that lies more than 6,000 light-years away from the Earth. Since the discovery of the star and its intriguing blue ring by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer space telescope in 2004, astronomers have been puzzled by how it came to be.
“Every time we thought we had this thing figured out