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The N44 Complex

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

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    The N44 Complex
    Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman, Macedon Ranges Observatory

    Explanation: A truly giant complex of emission nebulae, N44 is about 1,000 light-years across. It shines in southern skies as a denizen of our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, 170,000 light-years away. Winds and intense radiation from hot, young, luminous stars in N44 excite and sculpt filaments and streamers of the glowing nebular gas. But supernovae - the death explosions of the massive short lived stars - have also likely contributed to the region's enormous, blown-out shapes. The cluster of young stars seen near the center lies in a superbubble nearly 250 light-years across. This detailed, false-color view of the intricate structures codes emission from hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur in shades of blue and green.




    (Via NASA)
     
  2. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    The death of a space muppet
     
  3. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Great, now I'm going to have the phrase "space muppet" stuck in my head today. :mad:

    I just have to figure out how to work it into a conversation.
     

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