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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Nebula’

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Renown 18th century astronomer Charles Messier described this 9th entry in his famous astronomical catalog as "Nebula, without star, in the right leg of Ophiuchus ...". But Messier 9 (M9) does have stars, known to modern astronomers as a globular cluster of over 300,000 stars within a diameter of about 90 light-years. It lies some 25,000 light-years distant, near the central bulge of our Milky Way galaxy.       Messier 9 ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

From Sagittarius to Scorpius, the central Milky Way is a truly beautiful part of planet Earth's night sky. The gorgeous region is captured in this wide field image spanning about 30 degrees. The impressive cosmic vista, taken in 2010, shows off intricate dust lanes, bright nebulae, and star clusters scattered through our galaxy's rich central starfields.   A Wide Field Image of the Galactic Center  Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Eder Explanation: From Sagittarius to ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Within the nebula, bright edges and dark shapes are highlighted in this colorful skyscape. The image includes data from narrowband filters, mapping emission from atomic oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur into blue, green, and red hues.     NGC 7822 in Cepheus  Image Credit & Copyright: Manuel Fernández Suarez Explanation: Hot, young stars and cosmic pillars of gas and dust seem to crowd into NGC 7822. At the edge of a giant molecular cloud toward the ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  AE Aurigae and the Flaming Star Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Geissinger Explanation: AE Aurigae is the bright star below and left of center in this evocative portrait of IC 405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula. Embedded in the cosmic cloud, the hot, variable O-type star energizes the glow of hydrogen along convoluted filaments of atomic gas, its blue starlight scattered by interstellar dust. But AE Aurigae wasn't formed in the nebula it illuminates. ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

    The Heart and Soul Nebulas Credit: Digitized Sky Survey, ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator;  Color Composite: Davide De Martin (Skyfactory) Explanation: Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart Nebula, officially dubbed IC 1805 and visible in the above zoomable view on the right, has a shape reminiscent of a classical heart symbol. Both ... Full Story

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