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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra
| July 30, 2013
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Posted on 07/30/2013 7:27:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula in visible light, while the nebula was imaged in X-rays by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2007. The above combined visible-X ray image, with X-rays emitted by central hot gas and shown in pink, was released last week. From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The Eskimo Nebula is clearly a planetary nebula, and the gas seen above composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star only 10,000 years ago. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments. The Eskimo Nebula spans about 1/3 of a light year and lies in our Milky Way Galaxy, about 3,000 light years distant, toward the constellation of the Twins (Gemini).
TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; eskimonebula; gemini; ngc2392; science; williamherschel
posted on 07/30/2013 7:27:17 PM PDT
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posted on 07/30/2013 7:27:55 PM PDT
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That is a thing of beauty.
posted on 07/30/2013 7:29:57 PM PDT
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posted on 07/30/2013 7:29:59 PM PDT
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Since I am part “Eskimo”, (Eastern Inuit and MiQ’Maw), I find this nebula quite interesting.
I don’t look a THING like it.
posted on 07/30/2013 7:33:05 PM PDT
by left that other site
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the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood.
posted on 07/30/2013 7:42:53 PM PDT
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Now that's a weird one, thanks for putting it up.
posted on 07/30/2013 9:15:53 PM PDT
by The Cajun
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Wow, not quite a “boom” (eg., a nova), but most impressive.
It somehow reminds me a little of how Kosh’s head (from Babylon 5) might look if he converted himself into an energy field...
posted on 07/30/2013 10:58:16 PM PDT
by Paul R.
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