Skip to comments.Astronomers Capture Photo of ‘Space Butterfly’ From Thousands of Light Years Away
Posted on 08/11/2020 11:31:33 AM PDT by Red Badger
(Courtesy of ESO)
Thousands of light years away, theres a space butterfly colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. Its an image weve never seen in this much detail before.
So named for its resemblance to the winged insect, the butterfly is actually a planetary nebulaa giant cloud of gas that forms around an ancient star that hasnt yet exploded. The European Space Observatorys (ESO) aptly named Very Large Telescope, stationed in host country Chile, recently captured a vibrant image of the interstellar object.
This image of the planetary nebula NGC 2899 is the most detailed look at the space butterfly yet, captured by the European Space Observatorys Very Large Telescope. (Courtesy of ESO)
Its known as NGC 2899 (NGC stands for New General Catalogue, which lists nebulae and other astral bodies like this one). Its located somewhere between 3,000 and 6,500 light years away from Earth in the constellation Vela, which is visible in the southern hemisphere.
This planetary nebulas lifespan isnt long for this universe. Ultraviolet radiation lights up the shells of gas surrounding the star and causes them to shine quite brightly, the ESO saidbut only for a few thousand years before they break up. Thats a relatively short lifespan in astronomy.
The Very Large Telescope, which captured the image, is the worlds most advanced optical instrument, according to the ESO. With the accompanying interferometer, the tool can illuminate details 25 times finer than individual telescopes. And on its own, the telescope tucked in the Chilean mountains can see things more than 4 billion times fainter than what the human eye could see.
This image shows the sky around the location of NGC 2899, which is visible at the very center of the frame. This picture was created from images in the Digitized Sky Survey 2. (Courtesy of ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2)
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The legend lives on yet it lives free
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Rubble and stone block your path
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A creature of the night
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This holocaust is killing all of us
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Conquest complete, Mothra is nesting
Population for future infesting
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What are the 2 bright stars, one red, one blue?
I don’t know.
I’ll ask God when I see Him.
He knows them all by name...................
Thought this had something to do with sex
Oh wait, that’s the Iron Butterfly
On it's way to Portland anytime soon?
I think Steve Miller and the Wilson sisters collaborated on "Space Butterfly" back in the 1970s. It didn't chart well.
At least it wasn’t a killer hornet.
The neat thing about them is due to the telescope that took the photo they form a halo and a cross. Those are called artifacts from the support for the reflecting mirror in the middle of the telescope. :)
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