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Comic 1006 - Ep. 16, Page 41

17th Apr 2012, 7:48 AM in Episode 16 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 17th Apr 2012, 7:48 AM edit delete
smbhax
A recent one from Hubble: nebula Sharpless 2-106, several light years across and 2,000 light years distant. It's actually quite sharp looking! That blue stuff is hydrogen (visible light filter) being blown outward from a big hot young star, into surrounding gas and dust (reddish stuff, from a near-infrared filter):


image by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Sharpless 2-106 is also home to over 600 brown dwarf stars, little things less than a tenth the size of the Sun, too small to catch fire with sustained fusion reactions.

Comments:

cattservant 17th Apr 2012, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Answering a question with a question, questionable? That's the Question. Could be...
smbhax 17th Apr 2012, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
He does seem to be a bit of a tricky customer that way. =o
moizmad 17th Apr 2012, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
moizmad
Sharpless 2-106 is the inspiration for the Stones tune "2,000 Light Years From Home!"
cattservant 17th Apr 2012, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Who's going to slip away first, we life veterans or our cultural references? (moan, wheeze, sigh...)
smbhax 17th Apr 2012, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Those Stones, man, they know what's up!