Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Cone Nebula from Hubble
Posted on 05/28/2014 5:06:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Stars are forming in the gigantic dust pillar called the Cone Nebula. Cones, pillars, and majestic flowing shapes abound in stellar nurseries where natal clouds of gas and dust are buffeted by energetic winds from newborn stars. The Cone Nebula, a well-known example, lies within the bright galactic star-forming region NGC 2264. The Cone was captured in unprecedented detail in this close-up composite of several observations from the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. While the Cone Nebula, about 2,500 light-years away in Monoceros, is around 7 light-years long, the region pictured here surrounding the cone's blunted head is a mere 2.5 light-years across. In our neck of the galaxy that distance is just over half way from the Sun to its nearest stellar neighbor, the Alpha Centauri star system. The massive star NGC 2264 IRS, seen by Hubble's infrared camera in 1997, is the likely source of the wind sculpting the Cone Nebula and lies off the top of the image. The Cone Nebula's reddish veil is produced by glowing hydrogen gas.
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[Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt]
I see a lion sitting on a mountain top, looking up at the stars.
Are you psychoanalyzing my Rorschach musings? ;-)
No matter. Your APOD posts are a highlight of my day.
Thank you, Sir.
I’m tellin’ ya, that’s my cousin Mo’s high school graduation photo.
I love that one!
Thank You, Sunky!
My pleasure, I like a good nebula.
The Big One is very cool.
Is this a repeat? I think we’ve seen this before.
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