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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- CG4: A Ruptured Cometary Globule
| May 13, 2014
| (see photo credit)
Posted on 05/12/2014 9:09:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Can a gas cloud grab a galaxy? It's not even close. The "claw" of this odd looking "creature" in the above photo is a gas cloud known as a cometary globule. This globule, however, has ruptured. Cometary globules are typically characterized by dusty heads and elongated tails. These features cause cometary globules to have visual similarities to comets, but in reality they are very much different. Globules are frequently the birthplaces of stars, and many show very young stars in their heads. The reason for the rupture in the head of this object is not completely known. The galaxy to the left of the globule is huge, very far in the distance, and only placed near CG4 by chance superposition.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
[Credit & Copyright: Jason Jennings (cosmicphotos)]
posted on 05/12/2014 9:09:25 PM PDT
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The Big One
posted on 05/12/2014 9:10:03 PM PDT
You wouldn't believe the time I spent getting this one right! Well, here it is. Note the Right Ascension marked along the top and the ( southern ) declination along the right side, putting the location in Puppis.
posted on 05/13/2014 12:07:05 AM PDT
It looks like some sort of small horned animal moving from right to left
posted on 05/13/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT
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posted on 05/13/2014 10:57:37 AM PDT
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Ruptured cometary globule...that sounds excruciating.
posted on 05/13/2014 12:23:35 PM PDT
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