Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula
Posted on 03/05/2014 5:30:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: 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.
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[Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven]
Well that one is spectacular.
Our Maker did this. Now, at my advanced age, I am looking forward to seeing Him. I’ve been a REASONABLY good girl so I HOPE I meet the maker of these astronomical WONDERS.
Big Bump - and thanks for your posting of these, as always!
Globules in Chicken Nebula a tasty cosmic soup!
Well, I think good or bad, we’ll all get to meet Him at least once. Of course, some folks won’t enjoy that meeting very much.