DOUBLE HELIX NEBULA

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BMAONE23
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DOUBLE HELIX NEBULA

Post by BMAONE23 » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:09 pm

This color enhanced infrared image of the double helix nebula

http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/ima ... UCLA%0D%0A

shows what I believe to be one of those forementioned "Super Giants" at the 4:00 position but I have to wonder, what is the halo of 12 points of light surrounding this huge star? (there is another at 6:00)

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Post by orin stepanek » Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:01 am

If you look closely; many of the stars in that photo have a similar halo. I believe it may be an unusual lens effect.
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Post by l3p3r » Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:43 am

image wont display for me :(

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Post by BMAONE23 » Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:58 pm

Try this Space.COM link and then follow the image link to the right

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/0 ... ebula.html