APOD: Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud (2017 Jan 14)

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APOD: Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud (2017 Jan 14)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:13 am

Image Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud

Explanation: Clouds of stardust drift through this deep skyscape. The cosmic scene spans nearly 2 degrees across the Perseus molecular cloud some 850 light-years away. A triangle of dusty nebulae reflecting light from embedded stars is captured in the telescopic field of view. With a characteristic bluish color reflection nebula NGC 1333 is at left, vdB13 at bottom right, and rare yellowish reflection nebula vdB12 lies at the top. Stars are forming in the Perseus molecular cloud, though most are obscured at visible wavelengths by the pervasive dust. Still, hints of contrasting red emission from Herbig-Haro objects, the jets and shocked glowing gas emanating from recently formed stars, are evident in NGC 1333. At the estimated distance of the molecular cloud, legs of the triangle formed by the reflection nebulae would be about 20 light-years long.

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Re: APOD: Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud (2017 Jan 14)

Post by heehaw » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:43 am

The galaxy is a dusty broom closet. I hope there are no spiders!

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Re: APOD: Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud (2017 Jan 14)

Post by Nebula Canezer » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:07 am

There's a problem with the link to vb12. Clicking on it brings up vb1 instead.

Beautiful detail and colors!

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Re: APOD: Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud (2017 Jan 14)

Post by neufer » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:30 pm


heehaw wrote:
The galaxy is a dusty broom closet. I hope there are no spiders!
:arrow: Nope...just Crows.
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Re: APOD: Stardust in the Perseus Molecular Cloud (2017 Jan 14)

Post by E Fish » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:54 pm

Nope...just Crows.
The Golden Spider Duck! :mrgreen:

I am always amazed by the dusty details found in some of these pictures. I grew up mostly observing the night sky with my own eyes and nothing else. It's like seeing a whole other sky when you can process the photos to reveal these structures.