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NASA praises Saudi researcher Wafaa Zakry for discovering two newly discovered stars

NASA praises Saudi researcher Wafaa Zakry for discovering two newly discovered stars

The US space agency, NASA, praised the Saudi researcher, Dr. Wafa Zakry, assistant professor at the College of Science at Jazan University.

The agency published its scientific research on its official website, entitled: “The rate, amplitude and duration of explosions of class (0) from primary stars in the Orion molecular cloud,” with the participation of a research group from the Ritter Center for Astrophysical Research at the University of Toledo in the US.

Wafa Zakry stated that the research led to the discovery of two stars out of 3 stars of the zero categories present in the molecular cloud of Orion. This is the constellation of Orion. A possible explosion rate for the youngest stars is about once every 400 years.

 Also shown in the study was that category (0) stars refer to newborn stars, which are in the stage of formation before becoming fully-fledged stars.

Dr. Zakry confirmed that this study is a big step forward. It helps astronomers understand how stars form and accumulate mass more clearly. He added that the formation and evolution of young stars have always been a challenge to study because they are often covered with thick envelopes formed from them. This makes it difficult to monitor.

On how to reach the results of the research, Dr. Zakry said that the bright explosions of primary stars were searched for 16 years, from 2004 to 2020, through a recent analysis of data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, to further support the validity of the results, and the results were compared with data from other telescopes. Others include the Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Telescope, and the Airborne Stratospheric Observatory.

Regarding the importance of the research, she said that the first Maani explosion was discovered nearly a century ago, and it has rarely been seen since then, due to the scarcity of information on how stars form and accumulate their mass, adding: “The team and I decided to conduct a study on this phenomenon.”


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