Sunday, October 10, 2010

Retina Nebula

The IC4406, also known as the "Retina Nebula", is a dying star exhibiting a high degree of symmetry. If were we able to view it from another angle, it would appear as a vast donut. It is also the closest nebula to Earth.

An irregular latticework type pattern riddled with dark streaks or lanes riddle and cross the center . Each lane is a boundary between the hot glowing gases that produce the colors seen here. Unseen in these images is a large zone of neutral gas that does not emit any light but was detected using radio telescopes.


Mersenne said...

Wow, such majesty and eloquence in the universe.

This is one of the main reasons I believe there has to be aliens...

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