APOD: The Dust Monster in IC 1396 (2017 Aug 02)

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APOD: The Dust Monster in IC 1396 (2017 Aug 02)

Postby APOD Robot » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:11 am

Image The Dust Monster in IC 1396

Explanation: Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human. The only real monster here, however, is a bright young star too far from Earth to hurt us. Energetic light from this star is eating away the dust of the dark cometary globule near the top of the featured image. Jets and winds of particles emitted from this star are also pushing away ambient gas and dust. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a much larger region on the sky than shown here, with an apparent width of more than 10 full moons.

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Re: APOD: The Dust Monster in IC 1396 (2017 Aug 02)

Postby Boomer12k » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:41 am

Isn't that the "Sludge Monster" Godzilla defeated????

Great Close up....

Ya'll coming to Oregon for the eclipse?

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Re: APOD: The Dust Monster in IC 1396 (2017 Aug 02)

Postby Adoni-Zedek » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:25 pm

Way to come up with a new description. This is almost identical to the one used on April 25, 2011

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Re: APOD: The Dust Monster in IC 1396 (2017 Aug 02)

Postby zendae1 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:02 pm

Now I know where Roddenberry & Co got the idea for the monster in the Skin Of Evil episode in which Tasha Yar was killed.


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