Saturday, March 4, 2017

Still life with reflection dust

In this beautiful celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebulaNGC 2170 shines at the upper left. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a compact red emission region, and streamers of obscuring dust against a backdrop of stars. Like the common household items still life painters often choose for their subjects, the clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars pictured here are also commonly found in this setting - a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). The giant molecular cloud, Mon R2, is impressively close, estimatedto be only 2,400 light-years or so away. At that distance, this canvas would be about 15 light-years across.
Image Credit & CopyrightAdam BlockMt. Lemmon SkyCenterU. Arizona


  1. This whole vast universe is full of such beautiful stuff. We might also find life soon in any nearby planet.

  2. yes Great information