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Strange shapes/finds in space! Caught on cameras

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posted on May, 8 2010 @ 12:39 PM

The Herschel space telescope's view of RCW 120 shows a bubble pushed out by a big star's blast, with yet another giant star forming on the bubble's right edge.

The shapes of bubbles and clouds in outer space demonstrate that physics can do some pretty bizarre things on a giant scale. Take RCW 120, for example. The star-forming bubble, about 4,200 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius, is the subject of a European Space Agency picture celebrating the first anniversary of the Herschel space telescope's launch.

Radiation from a hot, massive star at the bubble's center is blasting gas and dust outward, and that's what has cleared out the space around the star. The central star doesn't show up well in Herschel's infrared image, but you can see it easily in this submillimeter-wavelength view from the European Southern Observatory's APEX telescope in Chile.

RCW 120's central star can be seen in this APEX picture.

The shock wave from the central star compresses the material on the bubble's edge so much that still more stars are being squeezed into existence. In the Herschel image, you can see a particularly bright spot on the right edge of the bubble. That's an embryonic star that appears destined to turn into one of the brightest lights in our galaxy. The Herschel science team calls it an "impossible" star because it's exceeding the theoretical limit for a star's mass.

Hubble's view of Eta Carinae.

Stellar blasts can blow amazing bubbles in space. Perhaps the best-known blast is associated with Eta Carinae, a supermassive star that could go supernova one of these days. Its double-lobed shape, reminiscent of an old-fashioned dumbbell, arises because the star is blowing material out from both poles. Lots of stellar explosions take on this shape: The phenomenon has been attributed to several factors, including spin dynamics and the star's magnetic field.

Hubble image of Red Rectangle.

Perspective plays a role as well: One famous example is the Red Rectangle, which looks like a quadrangle but is actually two back-to-back cones of material flowing out from a double-star system.


Each week more and more amazing and beautiful shots of Space events are making their way to the major reporting outlets. The more the merrier.

It just blows my mind that IF we are the only ones in this universe, what a shame but thank God we are able to get out there ane experience & document this stuff. Just another day inthe life of Space.

And if we aren't the only ones, why should they come here and deal/bother with us? There is so much more out there-than here/ Unless....

posted on May, 8 2010 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by anon72

I've posted the first photo in a thread called Impossible star. Only way bigger.
Here take a look.

Topic of the thread is different.
I like yours S&F

[edit on 5/8/2010 by Sinter Klaas]

posted on May, 8 2010 @ 03:38 PM
reply to post by anon72

Those are some really pretty shots from the universe.
It's nice to see a thread that deals with something real and undebatable now and then.

You might like to check out APOD, it usually has some great photos as well. (Of course todays pic is a shot of something on earth, but...)

[edit on 8/5/2010 by Chamberf=6]

posted on May, 8 2010 @ 05:57 PM
reply to post by Chamberf=6

Yea checked that site out yesterday and got this pic.

Really awesome. Looks like a baby in a womb, or a heart.

Thanks to OP for this thread and info.

posted on May, 8 2010 @ 09:36 PM
reply to post by Hellsmight

That's the winner for me! Cool as heck.

Nice find. Just amazing and jaw dropping.

Thanks for putting that one up.

posted on May, 9 2010 @ 01:41 PM
reply to post by anon72

The universe has it "eye" on you.

Thought you may like this one too.

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