RSS

Astronomy Picture of the Day_Cape Breton_Nova Scotia

02 Nov

Cape Breton Home of our Hearts

Ngc7380_geissenger_900

NGC 7380: The Wizard Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Geissinger

Explanation: What powers are being wielded in the Wizard Nebula? Gravitation strong enough to form stars, and stellar winds and radiations powerful enough to create and dissolve towers of gas. Located only 8,000 light years away, the Wizard nebula, pictured above, surrounds developing open star cluster NGC 7380. Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional medieval sorcerer. The active star forming region spans 100 about light years, making it appear larger than the angular extent of the Moon. The Wizard Nebula can be can be located with a small telescope toward the constellation of the King of Aethiopia (Cepheus) Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being formed may outlive our Sun.

 

Imagine: What shape(s) do you see in the nebula?

Cape Breton Islanders & Friends: http://caperbuzz.com

Cape Breton Fireside Forum: http://KrazyFella.Com

Cape Breton Fireside Blog Links: http://freelink.org/kapebreton

Contact Me: http://formmail.to/kapebreton

Firesidetea

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on 02/11/2011 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: