Nebulae

The Boomerang Nebula: Coldest Place in the Universe

The Boomerang Nebula

Located about 5,000 light years away from Earth, the Boomerang Nebula is the coldest place found in the universe so far.  The temperature of the nebula has been measured at -272.15 degrees Celsius/-457.87 degrees Fahrenheit.  So what makes this nebula so cold?

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Thor’s Helmet Nebula

NGC 2359

Thor's Helmet Nebula

NGC 2359, which is known as Thor’s Helmet Nebula is an emission nebula.  It can be found in the constellation Canis Major – which is one of the hunting dog constellations near Orion.   This nebula is about 15,000 light years away and is about 30 light years in size.

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The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

Now that the constellation Orion is visible in the winter night sky, it’s a good opportunity to highlight a very close and active star forming region – the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.

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New Picture of Carina Nebula Shows Energetic Jets

A Pillar of Dust and Gas Within the Carina Nebula

A Pillar of Dust and Gas Within the Carina Nebula

New pictures released from recently upgraded Hubble Space Telescope show amazing new detail within the spectacular Carina Nebula.  This image was taken in both visible light and near infrared light.  As you can see near the center of the image are two energetic jets spewing matter out of the pillar.

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The Nebula: A Galactic Nursery with Supernova Remnants

Helix NebulaIn my mind, there is nothing more beautiful in our universe than a nebula. Granted, sunsets are pretty nice, but hey- if you want beauty on a cosmic scale you have to look to the night sky.

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