Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day - Wolf-Rayet 124
Posted on 03/18/2023 2:15:32 PM PDT by MtnClimber
Explanation: Driven by powerful stellar winds, expanding shrouds of gas and dust frame hot, luminous star Wolf-Rayet 124 in this sharp infrared view. The eye-catching 6-spike star pattern is characteristic of stellar images made with the 18 hexagonal mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope. About 15,000 light-years distant toward the pointed northern constellation Sagitta, WR 124 has over 30 times the mass of the Sun. Produced in a brief and rarely spotted phase of massive star evolution in the Milky Way, this star's turbulent nebula is nearly 6 light-years across. It heralds WR 124's impending stellar death in a supernova explosion. Formed in the expanding nebula, dusty interstellar debris that survives the supernova will influence the formation of future generations of stars.
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I see eight faces in the cloud.
That image is to space what Raquel Welch was (and still is) to mankind. Absolutely gorgeous, in other words. :-)
Wow! That is beautiful!
It looks like fireworks.
I see a swash-buckling cavalier at 7 o’clock...hat, long hair.
looks like a good neighborhood to move out of, fast.
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