Sky gazers enjoyed several astronomical events this month, including the birth of a star caught on video and has since gone viral.
- (Photo: YouTube/ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/Nick Risinger)
Astronomers in Chile used the ALMA telescope to capture stunning, close-up footage of a new star being formed.
Among the amazing scenes that the giant radio telescope was able to hone in on was the glowing material jetting away from the newborn star over 1,400 light years away.
The video revealed that the material that streamed from the infant star hurled toward surrounding gas and dust at higher speeds than astronomers had originally calculated.
According to a press release from the European Southern Observatory, young stars eject materials at up to one million kilometers per hour.
The video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday and has already accumulated thousands of views and continues to sweep the Internet on Thursday.
More importantly, the new images of the star being born allow astronomers to more precisely measure the velocity of the jets.
The star that was born in the video was named Herbig-Haro after U.S. and Mexican astronomers who first studied young stars in detail.
Watch "Star Birth Captured by ALMA Telescope In Chile" on YouTube here.
Meanwhile, stargazers also enjoyed a rare Blue Moon occurrence on Aug. 20; the moon marked the third full moon seen during this quarter of the year.
There are varying definitions for the term blue moon, with one indicating the second of two full moons within any given month, while another refers to a Blue Moon as the third full moon in a season with four-full-moon season.
Nevertheless, a blue moon is a rare occurrence; hence the phrase "once in a blue moon."
While blue moons are rare, they can be predicted to occur every three years or so. The next blue moon is slated for 2015, according to USA Today.