Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life
Posted on 01/14/2013 6:57:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: In this celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula NGC 2170 shines left of image center. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a red emission region, many dark absorption nebulae, and a backdrop of colorful stars. Like the common household items still life painters often choose for their subjects, these clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars are also commonly found in this setting -- a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation Monoceros. The giant molecular cloud, Mon R2, is impressively close, estimated to be only 2,400 light-years or so away. At that distance, this canvas would be over 40 light-years across.
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[Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo]
Looks like my painting of the polar bear in a blizzard.
Here it is.....
See his eyes?
You going nebulous on us, Civ? :-)
I had not one, but two, brain farts, but that figures since I’m a Gemini.
Well, I do like nebulas, but I like to look in the mirror and think of myself as fabulous, when I’m in a bad mood, crabulous, or when I’ve been watching the The Beverly Hillbillies, jedulous.
[snip] It is not actually whiteit just looks that way. Each hair shaft is pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow. Polar bears look whitest when they are clean and in sunlight, especially just after the molt period, which usually begins in spring and is complete by late summer. Before molting, oils from the seals they eat can make them look yellow. [/snip]
Ha Ha Ha!
Bumpity bump bump!
LOL. Third time was a very spectacular charm!
Thanks so very much, SunkenCiv!
LOL. The “Hey Rocky” comment brought back fond memories. Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh!
Of course, I had to wear a brown bag with eyeholes, but that’s the usual punishment. :’)
Today’s is pretty nice as well — and a big thank-you goes out to the APoD site for not having terrestrial shots for a few weeks now — plus I managed to actually put the graphics links *in* the posts *before* I posted them. What a relief. ;’)
Big oil seals. It figures.
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