Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Heart and Soul Nebulas
Posted on 02/10/2014 9:24:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart Nebula, officially dubbed IC 1805 and visible in the above zoomable view on the right, has a shape reminiscent of a classical heart symbol. Both nebulas shine brightly in the red light of energized hydrogen. Several young open clusters of stars populate the image and are visible above in blue, including the nebula centers. Light takes about 6,000 years to reach us from these nebulas, which together span roughly 300 light years. Studies of stars and clusters like those found in the Heart and Soul Nebulas have focussed on how massive stars form and how they affect their environment.
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[Credit & Copyright: Leonardo Orazi]
thank you so much, dearest SunkenCiv!
That looks like a baby on the left. Sure this isn’t Heaven’s cradle?
Thanks for the new desk-top. Been using the sun-spot one for a while.
So, when will we be hearing of the “Chopsticks Nebula”?
Thanks — saved me some search time ;)
Obviously this was a key discovery. /rimshot
Could be how we came upon String Theory.
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