This might sound crazy, but just hear me out for a second…
The Horsehead Nebula is one of the most iconic images in the night sky. A favourite amongst astronomers, both amateur and professional, it is a cloud of dust in the which appears to take the shape of a horse’s head.
In visible light, this cloud appears dark, silhouetted against the bright glow from background gas, but in the far-infared light seen by Herschel the horse’s head glows with its own light, seen towards the right of the image above.
The full image shows the surrounding region, complete with a complex network of clouds and filaments. The glowing cloud behind the horse’s head (called IC 434) is illumiated by the star Alnitak, the left-most member of Orion’s famous belt.
Also nearby is the Flame Nebula (also called NGC 2024), a cloud in which stars are forming, and which glows brightly in the images from Herschel. Thes clouds glow in visible light because they reflect the light from nearby stars.
The Horsehead Nebula and the Flame Nebula are all part of one massive region called the “Orion B Molecular Cloud”. To the left of the full image are stellar cocoons in which massive stars are forming, such as M78 (also known as NGC 2068). Threading away from both regions are dense filaments of gas and dust. The orange and yellow clumps represent the earliest stages of star formation, with green and blue regions representing warmer dust heated by stars that have already formed.
(via the Herschel Space Observatory)
too deep not to reblog
Pretty sure this is some sort of astronomical phenomenon
Extremely awesome behind the scenes images of Star Wars over at imgur.
I scrolled through these with a huge smile on my face.
Coo Coo Ca-Cha!
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Regional accents in the U.S. shown through maps
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Sun-Rain. It’s fucking Sun-Rain.
I’m sorry but it really is “The devil is beating his wife” that’s the end of it. Southern states OUT.