APOD: NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula (2022 May 10)

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APOD: NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula (2022 May 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue May 10, 2022 4:05 am

Image NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula

Explanation: Nebulas are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as perhaps cats are for getting into trouble. Still, no known cat could have created the vast Cat's Paw Nebula visible toward the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius. At 5,500 light years distant, Cat's Paw is an emission nebula with a red color that originates from an abundance of ionized hydrogen atoms. Alternatively known as the Bear Claw Nebula and cataloged as NGC 6334, stars nearly ten times the mass of our Sun have been born there in only the past few million years. Pictured here is a deep field image of the Cat's Paw Nebula in light emitted by hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur.

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Re: APOD: NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula (2022 May 10)

Post by Ann » Tue May 10, 2022 4:39 am

ESO wrote:

This comparison shows the area around the Lobster and Cat’s Paw nebulae observed at different wavelengths.

Top panel: submillimetre wavelengths seen by APEX.

Middle panel: near-infrared wavelengths seen by ESO’s VISTA infrared survey telescope; note that regions appearing as dark dust tendrils here show up brightly in the APEX view above.

Bottom panel: visible light as seen by the VST, where most of the stars are hidden from view by dusty structures.
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Re: APOD: NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula (2022 May 10)

Post by orin stepanek » Tue May 10, 2022 12:19 pm

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Today's APOD! The cat's Meow! :lol2:
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Oh Sh##; I got caught! :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula (2022 May 10)

Post by johnnydeep » Tue May 10, 2022 9:30 pm

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Re: APOD: NGC 6334: The Cat's Paw Nebula (2022 May 10)

Post by Ann » Wed May 11, 2022 4:03 am

johnnydeep wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 9:30 pm I can't resist...

That's adorable, Johnny! A smiley face drawn on a cat's paw pad turns the paw into a teddy bear sunken into a shaggy rug! 🐾

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