APOD: Bright from the Heart Nebula (2015 Oct 27)

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APOD: Bright from the Heart Nebula (2015 Oct 27)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:07 am

Image Bright from the Heart Nebula

Explanation: What's that inside the Heart Nebula? First, the large emission nebula dubbed IC 1805 looks, in whole, like a human heart. The nebula glows brightly in red light emitted by its most prominent element: hydrogen. The red glow and the larger shape are all created by a small group of stars near the nebula's center. In the center of the Heart Nebula are young stars from the open star cluster Melotte 15 that are eroding away several picturesque dust pillars with their energetic light and winds. The open cluster of stars contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, many dim stars only a fraction of the mass of our Sun, and an absent microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago. The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of Cassiopeia. At the top right is the companion Fishhead Nebula.

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Re: APOD: Bright from the Heart Nebula (2015 Oct 27)

Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:16 pm

I could be dreamin' but that Dorado's jumpin' straight from the heart…
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