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Orion nebula Featured 11 Aug 2009 Print

Orion nebula

Orion nebula. Coloured composite infrared and visible light image of the Orion nebula M42. This emission nebula, a cloud of gas and dust in which starbirth takes place, is found in the constellation Orion, some 1500 light years from Earth. Glowing clouds of ionised hydrogen and sulphur gases are green, and cool clouds of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are orange and red. The gases are ionised by radiation from the four young Trapezium stars at the core (centre left). The small orange dots are embryonic stars, growing as they accumulate dust and gas. M42's neighbour, the M43 nebula, can also be seen (pale blue, top left). Infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, visible light data from the Hubble Space Telescope

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Stephans quintet Featured 11 Aug 2009 Print

Stephans quintet

Stephan's quintet. Optical image of Stephan's quintet. This group of galaxies is 300 million light years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus. It consists of NGC 7320 (upper right) NGC7319 (lower right), NGC7318A and B (centre left) and NGC7317 (upper left). The galaxies are so close together they are tearing each other apart with gravitational tidal forces, leaving trails of dust and gas. The red areas are hydrogen clouds and sites of star birth. It is argued that NGC7320 is not actually part of the cluster, but lies in the foreground.
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Boomerang Nebula Featured 11 Aug 2009 Print

Boomerang Nebula

Boomerang Nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image. This is a bipolar reflection nebula, where gas and dust surrounding a star are shining by reflected light. The gas and dust in the nebula have been ejected by the star in two polar jets, moving in opposite directions, a process known as bipolar outflow. It is thought that the star at the centre of this nebula is an old red giant star. The nebula is around 2 light years in length. The Boomerang Nebula is 5000 light years from Earth, in the constellation Centaurus. This image was obtained in 2005 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys instrument. The results were published in January 2006

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