Supernova-powered bow shock creates cosmic spectacle cool pics

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posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 03:54 PM
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hi all

some cool pics I thought you all might like
www.newscientist.com...


NOW that's one groovy star. Seen speeding like a bullet through a cloud of dust and gas, the massive star Zeta Ophiuchi is creating a colourful wave known as a bow shock. This happens because the star's motion is compressing dust grains like water at the bow of a ship.

To the naked eye Zeta Ophiuchi is a placid dot parked in the constellation Ophiuchus. But the infrared vision of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how the shooting star is electrifying its surroundings. It creates a scene akin to a UV-triggered fluorescent blacklight poster, says Spitzer image specialist Robert Hurt of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.







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posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 03:57 PM
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Looking at the pictures reminds me of the nexus in Star Trek Generations. Pretty cool.



posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Stunning.
s&f

I thought about posting this when I saw pictures of it on Hubble a few days ago (I think it was hubble) but didn't have time to throw a thread together. I'm glad someone posted it.



posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 04:27 PM
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Very cool!

S&F

Thanks for sharing!



posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 04:42 PM
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What makes this star move so fast?
Does anyone know?

Oh, it's ok I found it


Given its speed and direction, astronomers think the star once orbited an even heftier companion. But the biggest stars live fast and die young, and its partner exploded in a violent supernova blast that sent Zeta Ophiuchi careening away at a whopping 87,000 kilometres per hour.


wow
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posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 04:46 PM
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Originally posted by LeLeu
What makes this star move so fast?
Does anyone know?

Oh, it's ok I found it


Given its speed and direction, astronomers think the star once orbited an even heftier companion. But the biggest stars live fast and die young, and its partner exploded in a violent supernova blast that sent Zeta Ophiuchi careening away at a whopping 87,000 kilometres per hour.


wow
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Good question..

...and answer
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posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 05:26 PM
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And yet its so damn hard to get a descent pictures of planets in our own galaxy



posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 05:46 PM
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Originally posted by Senduko
And yet its so damn hard to get a descent pictures of planets in our own galaxy

It's all about angular resolution. Those two images span approximately 1 degree. For comparison, the full moon is 0.5 degrees across. So what you see in those images is huge. If you had infrared vision you would see this thing in the sky with your own eyes.

Here's a few images I created using WISE telescope data at skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov...
The images span 1 degree across.

22 / 12 / 4.6 microns


12 / 4.6 / 3.4 microns


Same as above but different brightness scaling


22 / 4.6 / 3.4 microns - similar to the published WISE image
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