Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Orion Bullets
Posted on 01/10/2013 3:45:10 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Cosmic bullets pierce the outskirts of the Orion Nebula some 1500 light-years distant in this sharp infrared close-up. Blasted out by energetic massive star formation the bullets, relatively dense, hot gas clouds about ten times the size of Pluto's orbit, are blue in the false color image. Glowing with the light of ionized iron atoms they travel at speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second, their passage traced by yellowish trails of the nebula's shock-heated hydrogen gas. The cone-shaped wakes are up to a fifth of a light-year long. The detailed image was created using the 8.1 meter Gemini South telescope in Chile with a newly commisioned adaptive optics system (GeMS). Achieving a larger field of view than previous generation adaptive optics, GeMS uses five laser generated guide stars to help compensate for the blurring effects of planet Earth's atmosphere.
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[Credit: GeMS/GSAOI Team, Gemini Observatory, AURA; Processing: Rodrigo Carrasco (Gemini Obs.), Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska Anchorage)]
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What kind of a background check do you need for cosmic bullets?
All nicely lined up to be registered, regulated, and taxed!
Beautiful. Looking at the photo in detail, I see “hands and fingernails”... and a few more surprises.
That is a mighty large caliber.
Has Congress moved to outlaw this group yet?
More like missile launches to me. Just amazing!
4th of July! :’)
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