Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- L Ori and the Orion Nebula
Posted on 02/02/2013 9:25:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: This esthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the fast stellar wind runs into slow moving gas a shock front is formed, analogous to the bow wave of a boat moving through water or a plane traveling at supersonic speed. The small, arcing, graceful structure just above and left of center is LL Ori's cosmic bow shock, measuring about half a light-year across. The slower gas is flowing away from the Orion Nebula's hot central star cluster, the Trapezium, located off the upper left corner of the picture. In three dimensions, LL Ori's wrap-around shock front is shaped like a bowl that appears brightest when viewed along the "bottom" edge. The beautiful picture is part of a large mosaic view of the complex stellar nursery in Orion, filled with a myriad of fluid shapes associated with star formation.
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This is pretty. The big version will make a dandy wallpaper.
All these things will be revealed, to the faithful.
Psalm 8:4-6 (KJV)
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
One of the coolest things to view in the night sky for n00b folks like me that use a Binocular. For the Orion Nebula, you don’t even need a binocular on some nights, if the skies are good and clear, ect. (still always best to use optics if ya got’em)
What in the world(or Universe) does that have to do with this APOD? lol
It establishes your insignificance in the eyes of the LORD, my fellow traveller.
Quit stalking me.
It’s big, Barney Fife big!
The Andromeda Galaxy is visible to the naked eye.
Sure, nothing makes me feel more insignificant than having dominion over the universe.
Yes, but curiously, as I have read, there is no mention of it in ancient accounts of the sky. And while we’re at it, I might note that the SNOWFLAKE was never described or accurately depicted until the the time of Kepler and Robert Hooke.
My experience has always been that celestial objects designated as “naked eye” in the various literature were actually “easy binocular” objects. Of course, this is largely because of light pollution, but even allowing for that, it always seemed to me that they assumed a high standard of visual acuity. And yes, the Andromeda nebula is a case in point! I can convince myself I’m seeing it naked eye, but it’s a close thing.
Hallowed are the Ori.
I’ll take the Gua’ould over those jerks any day of the week! LOL!
OMG! You got THAT right!
Thanks so much, SunkenCiv.
Choirs of angels.
“Lori and the Orion Nebula” would be a good name for a band.
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