Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Tulip in the Swan
Posted on 07/26/2012 2:23:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Framing a bright emission region this telescopic view looks out along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the nebula rich constellation Cygnus the Swan. Popularly called the Tulip Nebula the glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is also found in the 1959 catalog by astronomer Stewart Sharpless as Sh2-101. About 8,000 light-years distant the nebula is understandably not the only cosmic cloud to evoke the imagery of flowers. The complex and beautiful nebula is shown here in a composite image that maps emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms into red, green, and blue colors. Ultraviolet radiation from young, energetic O star HDE 227018 ionizes the atoms and powers the emission from the Tulip Nebula. HDE 227018 is the bright star very near the blue arc at image center.
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[Credit & Copyright: Michael Joner, David Laney (West Mountain Observatory, BYU); Processing: Robert Gendler]
That’s awesome and beautiful.
My thoughts exactly!
Reminds me of a libation I once had at a small establishment in the northern outskirts of South Toadsuck, Arkansas. There was a girl there named Daisy. A sweeter rose there never was than Daisy. She was missing her top front teeth. She could whistle like a tea kettle. I was engaging her in a serious conversation concerning the length of a Zulu’s asagai, when her beau, Beau, strode to the bar. He was six feet eight if he was an inch. He challenged me for Daisy’s hand. I told him I didn’t fight for appendages. He pulled a forty five on me. I pulled two 22s, but he had me by one. He shot me in the bar. The Doctor said he never saw a bar in anatomy class. Needless to say, I made a full recovery. I often ponder whatever happened to sweet Daisy. I heard she married Beau and became a possum trainer. But that’s another story.
The beauty of the destructive-creative creative-destructive forces of the universe at work.
That’s about as awesome as it gets! This one is like several APODs rolled into one!
Stay away from the Absinthe.
so why didn't you give us one of those.
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