posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 11:14 AM
The infrared data on Google Sky comes from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)
whole-sky survey conducted in 1983. If you go to the catalog overlay search page
put in the coordinates of the object (roughly 9h 47m 48s, 13° 18' 53"), with a 2.5 degree size, you can clearly see the object in the
By clicking on the point source
link, we can see the list of point sources. The one with the largest flux is object 09452+1330.
By searching for that object name on Google, we find that this is also known as IRC +10216 or CW
. As Wikipedia says:
IRC +10216 or CW Leonis is a well-studied carbon star that is embedded in a thick dust envelope. It was first discovered in 1969 by a group of
astronomers led by Eric Becklin, based upon infrared observations made with the 62 inches (1.6 m) Caltech Infrared Telescope at Mount Wilson
Observatory. Its energy is emitted mostly at infrared wavelengths. At a wavelength of 5 μm, it was found to have the highest flux of any object
outside the Solar System.
So what we have here is a dying star about 400 light years away. It just happens to be a very bright IR source.
edit on 7-6-2011 by nataylor
because: (no reason given)