View a stunning 3D map of the huge cosmic bubble that encircles the Earth.

A cluster of stars erupted once at a time in cosmic history, resulting in fanciful supernovas. The explosions were so powerful that their dazzling remnants pushed the surrounding blanket of interstellar gas outward, forming a 1,000-light-year-wide cosmic bubble that’s still expanding as you read this.

Experts claim that our own sun coincidentally collided with this bubble. Now because we dwell right in the center of it, the globule has earned the moniker “Local Bubble.” In a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists use a 3D depiction of the massive structure to provide new insights into the bubble’s tale.

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Surprisingly, they discovered that it is the primary explanation for our unusually wealthy neighborhood of young celebrities.

“This is really an origin narrative; for the first time, we can explain how all local star formation started,” said Catherine Zucker, an astronomer and data visualization specialist who formerly worked at Harvard and the Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics and is the study’s lead author.

Each of the seven places in space where stars seem to originate most often is studied by astronomers, and Zucker’s investigation found each of them sitting directly on the surface of the Local Bubble. The team thinks that starry bubbles like the one that surrounds us may be found all around the cosmos, but that being in the middle of one is incredibly unusual.

The notion is similar to a holey Swiss cheese-like fabric in space, with each hole indicating a star formation center. We’ve ended up in one of the cheesy holes. Because our home star has set up shop within the Local Bubble, we can see a slew of new stars every time we look up at the sky.

Aside from that fortunate coincidence, the team’s fantastic 3D animation of the Local Bubble, which you can check out here, gives insight on the structure’s growth.

For example, the researchers estimated that roughly 15 supernovas were responsible for the blob’s formation, which happened 14 million years ago. Roughly 5 million years ago, the sun seemed to enter the orb, and the bubble seems to be traveling at a speed of about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) per second. “It’s lost a lot of its oomph… In terms of speed, it has reached a halt “According to Zucker.

The discoveries, according to Alyssa Goodman, an astronomer at Harvard and the Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics and the study’s author, are “a great detective narrative, driven by both facts and theory.” Goodman is the creator of Glue, the data visualization program that made the finding possible.

The researchers intend to use their program to 3D-map interstellar bubbles farther in the cosmos in the future, in order to continue revealing the mysteries of interstellar bubbles like the Local Bubble.

“Using a number of independent indications, like as supernova models, stellar movements, and beautiful new 3D maps of the material around the Local Bubble, we can put together the history of star creation around us,” Goodman said.

Zucker muses, “What do these bubbles have in common? What is their relationship like? How can superbubbles in the Milky Way cause the creation of stars like our sun?”