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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Wolf-Rayet Star 124: Stellar Wind Machine
| July 01, 2014
| (see photo credit)
Posted on 07/01/2014 4:25:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Some stars explode in slow motion. Rare, massive Wolf-Rayet stars are so tumultuous and hot that they slowly disintegrating right before our telescopes. Glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth are being expelled by violent stellar winds. Wolf-Rayet star WR 124, visible near the above image center spanning six light years across, is thus creating the surrounding nebula known as M1-67. Details of why this star has been slowly blowing itself apart over the past 20,000 years remains a topic of research. WR 124 lies 15,000 light-years away towards the constellation of Sagitta. The fate of any given Wolf-Rayet star likely depends on how massive it is, but many are thought to end their lives with spectacular explosions such as supernovas or gamma-ray bursts.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; m167; science; wolfrayet; wolfrayetstar; wr124
[Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt]
posted on 07/01/2014 4:25:05 AM PDT
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posted on 07/01/2014 4:25:48 AM PDT
The universe gave us a Furby face...
posted on 07/01/2014 4:49:47 AM PDT
(AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
Satellite view of makkah?
(one can always hope)
posted on 07/01/2014 5:23:55 AM PDT
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(You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
To: left that other site
Now that is real global warming on a universal scale.
posted on 07/01/2014 5:33:23 AM PDT
Self-ping for later perousal
posted on 07/01/2014 7:05:21 AM PDT
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