A grad student from the University of Manitoba has assisted in confirming theories about an unusually-shaped object in space. The Manatee Nebula is more than 18,000 light years away. It was given the name because astronomers who photographed it in 2013 thought it looked just like the aquatic mammal.
Brydyn Mac Intyre, a graduate student said “they noticed that when they shaded this nice image in blue… the shape of the nebula looked like a manatee laying on its back,” The grad student has spent that past three years studying the phenomenon.
Mac Intyre is striving for his goal of Ph.D. in High Energy Astrophysics at the U of M. He explained “this is the first thing I started in my graduate research, and it’s brand new data, … I felt really lucky to be able to tackle such a unique object. He found the particles of the space manatee were “non-classical acceleration process,” This means particles are injected and accelerated into immensely powerful jets of energy.
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