Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thor's Helmet from CFHT

Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CFHT
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Explanation: NGC 2359 is a striking emission nebula with an impressive popular name - Thor's Helmet Sure, its suggestive winged appearance might lead some to refer to it as the "duck nebula", but if you were a nebula which name would you choose? By any name NGC 2359 is a bubble-like nebula some 30 light-years across, blown by energetic winds from an extremely hot star seen near the center and classified as a Wolf-Rayet star. Wolf-Rayet stars are rare massive blue giants which develop stellar winds with speeds of millions of kilometers per hour. Interactions with a nearby large molecular cloud are thought to have contributed to this nebula's more complex shape and curved bow-shock structures. NGC 2359 is about 15,000 light-years distant toward the constellation Canis Major.

48 comments:

Always On Watch Two said...

A feast for the eyes. No pun intended.

Farmer John said...

I think I'll refer to it as the "duck" nebula. ;-)

Eyes said...

Quack quack!

The Merry Widow said...

More marvels to feast on!
Thank you!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

nanc said...

it looks like a baby lion with wings!

amazing, simply amazing.

you always find the best the heavens have to offer.

Eyes said...

:>) I see one of those little guys with wings and a pack on his back.... like the ftd floritst guy:

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Gayle said...

It's beautiful, Eyes. I see a goose! :)

cube said...

Yeah, I see the FTD florist guy too ;-)

Eyes said...

Oh ya Gaylek, I see that now! The head is almost perfect!

Brooke said...

That is really great! :D

American Crusader said...

Thor's Helmet would definitely be my choice but it really does look more like a duck.

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Eyes said...

Thanks Nanc, that is so sweet!! I love the cosmos because in my mind it takes infinite stupidity to believe it 'just happened'... It is more likely that my dogs will start dropping golden turns in the yard today.

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I love the pics you find eyes.

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APOD is my home page:>D

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