Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Dark River to Antares

Credit & Copyright: Máximo Ruiz
Explanation: Connecting the Pipe Nebula to the bright star Antares is a flowing dark cloud nicknamed the Dark River. The murkiness of the Dark River is caused by absorption of background starlight by dust, although the nebula contains mostly hydrogen and molecular gas. Antares, the bright star that appears yellow just below the center of the frame, is embedded in the colorful Rho Ophiuchi nebula clouds. The Dark River, pictured above across the upper left, spans over 20 times the angular diameter of the Moon and lies about 500 light years distant. Other types of nebulas visible here include red emission nebula and the blue reflection nebula.

5 comments:

FJ said...

Gorgeous!

Brooke said...

Yes, indeed!

Eyes said...

Yes it is!

Gayle said...

Sorry about not being by for so long. I've had a hard time keeping up lately.

This picture is beautiful, but all your pictures are. I've collected a lot of wallpapers from your blog. :)

The Merry Widow said...

So have I, Gayle!
Then I snuck around and favoritted the site...I go for my morning fix of fascinating.
But I still have to visit Eyes!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw