Witch Head' Brews Baby StarsA witch appears to be screaming out into space in this new image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The infrared portrait shows the Witch Head nebula, named after its resemblance to the profile of a wicked witch. Astronomers say the billowy clouds of the nebula, where baby stars are brewing, are being lit up by massive stars. Dust in the cloud is being hit with starlight, causing it to glow with infrared light, which was picked up by WISE's detectors.The Witch Head nebula is estimated to be hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constellation, just off the famous hunter's knee.WISE was recently "awakened" to hunt for asteroids in a program called NEOWISE. The reactivation came after the spacecraft was put into hibernation in 2011, when it completed two full scans of the sky, as planned.Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Witch Head Nebula This infrared image shows the Witch Head nebula hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constellation, taken by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The clouds of the nebula, where baby stars are brewing, are being lit up by massive stars. Dust in the cloud is hit with starlight, causing it to glow with infrared light.NASA/JPL-Caltech
Witch Head' Brews Baby StarsA witch appears to be screaming out into space in this new image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The infrared portrait shows the Witch Head nebula, named after its resemblance to the profile of a wicked witch. Astronomers say the billowy clouds of the nebula, where baby stars are brewing, are being lit up by massive stars. Dust in the cloud is being hit with starlight, causing it to glow with infrared light, which was picked up by WISE's detectors.The Witch Head nebula is estimated to be hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constellation, just off the famous hunter's knee.WISE was recently "awakened" to hunt for asteroids in a program called NEOWISE. The reactivation came after the spacecraft was put into hibernation in 2011, when it completed two full scans of the sky, as planned.Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Reflection Nebula
Black Widow Nebula Hides in the DustIn this Spitzer image, the two opposing bubbles are being formed in opposite directions by the powerful outflows from massive groups of forming stars. The baby stars can be seen as specks of yellow where the two bubbles overlap. When individual stars form from molecular clouds of gas and dust they produce intense radiation and very strong particle winds. Both the radiation and the stellar winds blow the dust outward from the star creating a cavity or bubble. In the case of the Black Widow Nebula, astronomers suspect that a large cloud of gas and dust condensed to create multiple clusters of massive star formation. The combined winds from these groups of large stars probably blew out bubbles into the direction of least resistance, forming a double bubble. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisc.
English: The large disk of gas surrounding Fomalhaut is clearly visible in this image. It is not centred on Fomalhaut quite as predicted, hinting that the gravity of another body – perhaps a planet – is pulling it out of shape.Date 13 November 2008Source http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/html/heic0821c.html (direct link)http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/39/image/b/Author NASA, ESA and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
NGC 2467 and Surroundings*
A NASA photo taken Oct. 8 appears to look like Jack-O-Lantern.NASA/GSFC/SDO
Jupiter's Giant Eye
LBN 438
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way about 13,000 light years from Earth.
SH2-136 The Ghosts of CepheusThe Ghosts of Cepheus present a cosmic view with the chiaroscuro that the oldgreat painters might have applied to their canvases. Here a few bright starsilluminate an otherwise dark and cold molecular cloud of gas and dust some1,200 light years away. Their ghoulish and scalloped shapes are as surprisingas they are rare in other similar clouds. Note the conical outflows on theright side of the cloud where a star is forming and blowing dust from deepwithin.Summer 2011
October 2012NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula
The Witch Head Nebula This infrared image shows the Witch Head nebula hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constell
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