Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Horsehead Nebula
Posted on 11/20/2023 1:23:47 PM PST by MtnClimber
Explanation: Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. About five light-years "tall," the dark cloud is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is visible only because its obscuring dust is silhouetted against the glowing red emission nebula IC 434. Stars are forming within the dark cloud. Contrasting blue reflection nebula NGC 2023, surrounding a hot, young star, is at the lower left of the full image. The featured gorgeous color image combines both narrowband and broadband images recorded using several different telescopes.
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Where’s the Horse’s Ass Nebula?
It is not a nebula, it is a constellation of BLACK HOLES. Joe, Hillary, Barak...
“Where’s the Horse’s Ass Nebula?”
It’s presently at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC.
That's behind the Horses Head Nebula.
I never did get it. Looks more like an elephant to me.
Should’ve been named “the Rohrschach Nebula.”
My theory is that it was named that before astrophotography was as good as it is now. Today’s amateur photographic equipment is better than what was available to professional equipment a generation ago.
It really DID look like a horses’ head at one time…
(You can cue in the Don Corleone and Luca Brazzi jokes now)
Best laugh I’ve had all day.
You’re welcome! It just popped into my head as I was typing this. Those movies
are a part of my heritage-NOT the Mafia part, but the Sicilian part.
That image is just a small portion of the larger nebula.
The stars as massive as they are, are but pin pricks.
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