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Celestial Wonder Looks Uncannily Like a Manatee
space ^ | 19 January 2013 | Clara Moskowitz

Posted on 01/20/2013 8:16:21 PM PST by JoeProBono

A watery-looking nebula in deep space is being renamed after the sea creature it strongly resembles: a manatee.

The nebula is the leftovers from a star that died in a supernova explosion about 20,000 years ago. Before it died, the giant star puffed out its outer gaseous layers, which now swirl in green-and-blue clouds around the dead hulk of the star, which has collapsed into a black hole.

Known officially as W50, the celestial object is being dubbed the Manatee Nebula by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), during a ceremony today (Jan. 19) at the Florida Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Fla. The NRAO will also unveil a new photo of the nebula taken by the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network in New Mexico.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: manatee


1 posted on 01/20/2013 8:16:29 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
Wow, that is weird.
2 posted on 01/20/2013 8:18:56 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: JoeProBono

It looks like my grandma to me


3 posted on 01/20/2013 8:20:52 PM PST by woofie
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To: JoeProBono
Humanatee
4 posted on 01/20/2013 8:22:18 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: woofie

Yes it does...


5 posted on 01/20/2013 8:24:08 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s hugh!


6 posted on 01/20/2013 8:24:25 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

Too bad it’s in Aquila, not Sirius...


7 posted on 01/20/2013 8:29:54 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that mantee lying on his back unmoving...well..is he...dead?


8 posted on 01/20/2013 8:32:29 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

No. ‘E’s just pining for the fjords..


9 posted on 01/20/2013 8:41:55 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: JoeProBono
Known officially as W50, the celestial object is being dubbed the Manatee Nebula

That's OK...it's not the infamous WD40

10 posted on 01/20/2013 8:43:20 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: JoeProBono
Oh the huge manatee!


11 posted on 01/20/2013 8:45:09 PM PST by Edward Teach
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To: null and void

12 posted on 01/20/2013 8:52:48 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: ransomnote

Just taking a water nap...


13 posted on 01/20/2013 8:54:06 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: JoeProBono

My grandfather lived in Sarasota, Florida, and there were efforts to protect the “sea cow”, if I remember the name correctly; motor boats kill them with their propellers. Pretty sad....


14 posted on 01/20/2013 9:28:40 PM PST by proud American in Canada
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To: JoeProBono

But it is odd how the shape in the stars really does resemble a manatee. :)


15 posted on 01/20/2013 9:29:57 PM PST by proud American in Canada
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To: JoeProBono
Wow. that is hugh.
16 posted on 01/21/2013 1:17:52 AM PST by golux (man)
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To: proud American in Canada

17 posted on 01/21/2013 1:23:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: golux

18 posted on 01/21/2013 1:25:20 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

19 posted on 01/21/2013 1:32:59 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Bratch

20 posted on 01/21/2013 1:44:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

21 posted on 01/21/2013 2:12:06 AM PST by Bratch
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To: JoeProBono
Pretty sure that's Val Kilmer...


22 posted on 01/21/2013 2:13:03 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs (The Ameritopian Motto: Gov The Sheeple, Buy The Sheeple, Bore The Sheeple)
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To: JoeProBono; martin_fierro
Ol' Hugh does get around...


23 posted on 01/21/2013 2:27:09 AM PST by abb
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To: ExxonPatrolUs


24 posted on 01/21/2013 2:40:30 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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