Scientists: Solar system inside a searing gas bubbleBy Ben Brumfield, CNNUpdated 5:20 AM ET, Thu August 28, 2014Story highlightsScientists believe that a hot gas bubble was formed by multiple supernovasThe event occurred 10 million years ago -- that's recent for a 13.8-billion-year-old universeThe supernovas didn't explode close enough to wipe out our evolutionary ancestors There have been doubters but experiments corroborate existence of the hot gas bubbleEver feel like you live in a bubble? You do. We all do.Our whole solar system appears to, say space scientists, who published work last month corroborating its existence.And, oh, what a bubble it is: About 300 light years long (about 1,764,000,000,000,000 miles), and its walls are made of hot gas. How hot? About a million degrees.It's called the "Local Bubble" or "local hot bubble" and is shaped a little like a peanut.Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosPhotos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – In honor of American Archives Month, NASA has released a selection of eight never-before-seen images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope in space. This image is of a galaxy, NGC 4945, that is about 13 million light years away from Earth. It looks like the Milky Way, but it contains a supermassive black hole within the white area near the top of the image.Hide Caption 1 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – When radiation and winds from massive young stars impact clouds of cool gas, they can trigger new generations of stars to form. This is what might be happening in this object, known as the Elephant Trunk Nebula.Hide Caption 2 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – This galactic supernova remnant, known as 3C397, has an unusual box-like shape. Researchers think that is because the heated remains of the exploded star are running into cooler gas.Hide Caption 3 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – This supernova was likely produced by the collapse of a star's central core.Hide Caption 4 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – This region of glowing gas, in the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way, is about 9,000 light years from Earth. Hide Caption 5 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – In the past century, eight supernovas have been observed in the arms of NGC 6946, a galaxy about 22 million light years away from Earth. NGC 6946 is also nicknamed the "Fireworks Galaxy."Hide Caption 6 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – This image was produced by the explosion of a massive star in the Milky Way.Hide Caption 7 of 8Photos: Never-seen images of the cosmos 8 photosNever-seen images of the cosmos – Giant plumes of radiation are seen near galaxy 3C353, the tiny point at the center of this image.Hide Caption 8 of 8EXPAND GALLERYJust WatchedLife beyond the planetreplayMore Videos ...Life beyond the planet 03:58PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedNASA: Voyager has left the solar systemreplayMore Videos ...NASA: Voyager has left the solar system 02:36PLAY VIDEOScientists believe it was formed by supernovas, the largest explosions in space, as NASA calls them, that occur when a large star blows up.One supernova blasts out more energy in less than a second than our sun gives off in a million years, NASA says. A single explosion can outshine an entire galaxy.'Like popcorn'They usually occur about twice a century in the Milky Way Galaxy. But about 10 million years ago, a slew of them exploded right near our solar system."Supernovas went off like popcorn," NASA says.In a universe about 13.8 billion years old, that's a recent event. Humans did not yet walk the Earth 10 million years ago, but monkeys did.Those supernovas may have sent our evolutionary ancestors running scared, but they weren't enough to annihilate them.Galactic holeFast forward 10 million years to the 1970s and 80s, when humans first began noticing what they'd later postulate was the bubble. They were aiming more advanced telescopes at what's called the interstellar medium.Between the planets and the stars of our galaxy is not just empty space. There are gasses, dust, ions -- and more -- sweeping around.When astronomers poked around in our solar system for it, they found little to nothing. It was like we were living in a virtually empty hole, one that has only a single atom per every liter of space.Around the same time, sensors launched outside of Earth's atmosphere revealed an abundance of something else coming from all directions -- x-ray radiation.The idea that we live in a bubble was born: So much interstellar medium was gone, because the exploding supernovas have blown it away, and and left us surrounded with their remnants of radiating gas.Doubt, corroborationBut some scientists, in recent years, cast doubt on the Local Bubble model, saying the radiation could be the result of "charge exchange" -- passing solar winds stealing electrons and thereby emitting x-ray radiation.Scientists from the University of Miami in Coral Gables picked up the gauntlet and developed a sensor to measure charge exchange radiation and fired it out of Earth's atmosphere atop a small NASA rocket two years ago.It only took about five minutes for the detector to take a reading. 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