Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shrimp Nebula in the constellation Scorpio | The birth of stars is red - PICTURE

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Garching (Bavaria) – Hach, are the cute: Astronomers have taken a look at a star-nursery! With the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the researchers succeeded in recording the sharpest yet of so-called shrimp nebula in the constellation Scorpio.

The picture was published on Wednesday by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The bright reddish star-swarm is located about 6000 light years from Earth and has a diameter of 250 light years. The new ultra-sharp image shows clusters of newborn stars embedded in the clouds that make up the fog. It is a vast region, filled with gas and dark dust clumps.

This photo shows the hitherto sharpest view of shrimp nebula, a star-Enste Hungarian region in the constellation Scorpio

Photo: ESO. Acknowledgement Martin Pugh

The fog is also known as Gum 56, named after the Australian astronomer Colin Gum. The sky it takes approximately the area of ??four full moons. Its peculiar shape and reddish color earned him the nickname shrimp fog. The official name is more reminiscent of a commuter train of Deutsche Bahn. IC 4628

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These gas clouds are the delivery room of the universe, here constantly shining bright, hot young stars are born. In the visible range of light these stars appear in a bluish-white color.

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