okt 212013
 
Anne's Image of the Day: The Lagoon Nebula

October 21, 2013 The Lagoon Nebula, an emission nebula in Sagittarius Image Credit: R. Barba, N. Morrell et al. (UNLP), CTIO, NOAO, NSF The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier 8, NGC 6523 and Sh2-25) is an emission nebula that measures about 110 by 50 light-years, located between 4,000 – 6,000 light-years away from Earth [continue reading]

okt 132013
 
Anne's Image of the Day: The Taurus Molecular Cloud

October 13, 2013 The Taurus Molecular Cloud, a stellar nursery Image Credit: Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory (FCRAO), Gopal Narayanan / Mark Heyer The Taurus Molecular Cloud (TMC) is a star-forming region located only about 450 light-years away from Earth in the northern constellation of Taurus (the Bull). The vast cloud is one of the nearest [continue reading]

aug 302013
 
Anne's Image of the Day: Stellar Nursery W40

August 30, 2013 W40, a stellar nursery in Aquila Image Credits: ESA and the SPIRE & PACS consortia, Ph. André (CEA Saclay) for the Gould’s Belt Key Programme Consortia W40 (also known as Sh2-64 and RCW 174) is a stellar nursery of some 25 light-years across, located between 1,000 and 2,000 light years-away from Earth [continue reading]

jul 282013
 
Anne's Image of the Day: The Cocoon Nebula

July 28, 2013 The Cocoon Nebula, a stellar nursery in Cygnus Image Credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/PACS/Gould Belt Survey/D. Arzoumanian (CEA Saclay) The Cocoon Nebula (blue in this image, and designated IC 5146 or Sh2-125) is a reflection/emission nebula of about 15 light-years across, located some 4,000 light-years away in the northern constellation of Cygnus (the Swan), while it [continue reading]

mrt 202013
 
The Youngest Stars Ever Seen Discovered by Herschel

  Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen, thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. Astronomers have discovered some of the youngest stars ever seen, surrounded by dense envelopes of gas and dust. A portion of the survey is shown here in two side-by-side images [continue reading]

dec 142012
 
Anne's Picture of the Day: NGC 2170

December 14, 2012 NGC 2170, a reflection nebula in Monoceros Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona (http://www.caelumobservatory.com/index.html) NGC 2170 is a dusty reflection nebula and stellar nursery that formed about 6 to 10 million years ago, located at the edge of the elliptically shaped, giant star-forming molecular cloud Monoceros R2 (Mon [continue reading]