Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur
Posted on 06/05/2013 6:15:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Few astronomical sights excite the imagination like the nearby stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula. The Nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud. Many of the filamentary structures visible in the above image are actually shock waves - fronts where fast moving material encounters slow moving gas. The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. The above image shows the nebula in three colors specifically emitted by hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur gas. The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, which includes the Horsehead Nebula, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years.
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[Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González]
I LOVE it!
Sounds explody. I hope it don’t catch fire.
Looks like some kind of creature with flowing wings. And kind of looks like someone riding on it.
Where’s Horsey? I can never find it on APODS reruns:(
What a wonderful analogy!
Its great to see home again! Thanks for the picture.
There’s a “Uranus in methane” joke in here somewhere.
Pretty much everywhere — I mean, there are moons around Uranus.
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