Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula

05 Mar 2014 admin In G+ Posts

I wish travel in space was available now….

Originally shared by +Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD)

Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140305.html

The eggs from this chicken may form into stars. The above pictured emission nebula, cataloged as IC 2944, is called the Running Chicken Nebula for the shape of its greater appearance. The image was taken recently from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and presented in scientifically assigned colors. Seen near the center of the image are small, dark molecular clouds rich in obscuring cosmic dust. Called Thackeray's Globules for their discoverer, these "eggs" are potential sites for the gravitational condensation of new stars, although their fates are uncertain as they are also being rapidly eroded away by the intense radiation from nearby young stars. Together with patchy glowing gas and complex regions of reflecting dust, these massive and energetic stars form the open cluster Collinder 249. This gorgeous skyscape spans about 70 light-years at the nebula's estimated 6,000 light-year distance.

 

Comments: 2

  1. hey if opera singer Sarah Brightman can do it so can you. if you have $50M.

  2. nice

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