APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

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APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:08 am

Image NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula

Explanation: Moving from top to bottom in the frame near the center of this sharply detailed color composite, thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a cosmic sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge-on. The shock wave plows through interstellar space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its elongated appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula. The Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away, but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years in diameter, the expanding debris cloud of a star that was seen to explode about 11,000 years ago. Initially, the shock wave was moving at millions of kilometers per hour but has slowed considerably, sweeping up surrounding interstellar material. In the narrowband, wide field image, red and blue-green colors track the characteristic glow of ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by MajorOz » Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:45 am

Are you certain it is not a manifestation of The Flying Spaghetti Monster ?

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by Mactavish » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:14 am

The tour provided by Dave Jurasevich of the Las Campanas Observatory was especially interesting. Thanks for the tour, Dave. Nice job.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by RocketRon » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:00 am

Would you actually get a 'shock wave' in the vacuum of space ?
Or is this a simplification - of something ?

And, why would it slow ?
How do we know it slowed ?

Its what's not said that is often the interesting stuff....

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by Ann » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:41 am

RocketRon wrote:Would you actually get a 'shock wave' in the vacuum of space ?
Or is this a simplification - of something ?

And, why would it slow ?
How do we know it slowed ?

Its what's not said that is often the interesting stuff....













Just because the interstellar medium is extremely rarefied doesn't mean it is a "true" vacuum.

Wherever you have a nebula in space, whether it is an emission or a reflection nebula, there are ions emitting light or dust particles reflecting light. Sometimes both phenomena occur simultaneously.

A reflection nebula in space is basically the same thing as the light from a car's headlights being reflected by the snowflakes of a heavy snowfall. We can pile up snow and make snow piles.

Interstellar dust is slightly similar to snow, in that it is made of tiny grains of dust coated with ice. Interstellar dust, with its associated hydrogen gas, can be piled up. And while there are no snowplows in space, there are hot stars with terrific stellar winds, and there are shock waves remnants of supernova explosions.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by Velligis » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:07 pm

Anyone else think this looks a little like the nexus from Star Trek: Generations?

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by Dustdreamer » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:39 pm

Velligis wrote:Anyone else think this looks a little like the nexus from Star Trek: Generations?
I was looking at the bright star in the top right and wondering why they have a picture of my wife using a lectern while three bearded gentlemen from the Victorian-era Royal Society listen to her lecture.

Not that she ever did.

Or would.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by Boomer12k » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:11 pm

If you click on the picture, or zoom out a bit, it looks like an "angel" on a surfboard....

Really nice image.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by BMAONE23 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:57 pm

If you zoom in to the 12:30 position there Is the appearance of a Double star (Brighter on top). Just below this appears to be a Screaming Specter ala Edvard Munch though this scream is having a bright idea

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by DavidLeodis » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:42 pm

The following annotated link shows well the Pencil Nebula's location in the Vela Supernova Remnant http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0803/Ve ... er1200.jpg

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by starsurfer » Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:50 am

Wow Dave Jurasevich is the guy that discovered the Soap Bubble Nebula! :shock: :clap:

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by Ann » Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:05 am

DavidLeodis wrote:The following annotated link shows well the Pencil Nebula's location in the Vela Supernova Remnant http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0803/Ve ... er1200.jpg
Thanks! That image gives us a very good idea of the size, brightness and color of the Pencil Nebula compared with the rest of the Vela supernova remnant.

By the way, the brilliant star designated Dun 65 is the well-known O + Wolf Rayet star Gamma-2 Velorum.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by starsurfer » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:43 pm

Ann wrote:
DavidLeodis wrote:The following annotated link shows well the Pencil Nebula's location in the Vela Supernova Remnant http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0803/Ve ... er1200.jpg
Thanks! That image gives us a very good idea of the size, brightness and color of the Pencil Nebula compared with the rest of the Vela supernova remnant.

By the way, the brilliant star designated Dun 65 is the well-known O + Wolf Rayet star Gamma-2 Velorum.

Ann
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Re: APOD: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula (2016 Jul 15)

Post by starsurfer » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:44 pm

Also isn't there a theory that the Pencil Nebula is a separate supernova remnant?