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Baby Stars in the Witch Head Nebula August 21, 2006

Posted by jtintle in Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), Deep Space, JPL, NASA, Nebula, Satellite, Space Agencies, Space Fotos, Witch Head Nebula.
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/L.Rebull (SSC/ Caltech)


Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the “Witch Head” nebula is brewing baby stars. The stellar infants are revealed as pink dots in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Wisps of green in the cloud are carbon-rich molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are found on barbecue grills and in automobile exhaust on Earth. This image was obtained as part of the Spitzer Space Telescope Research Program for Teachers and Students, involving high school teachers and their students from across the United States. The infrared image is a three-color composite, in which light with a wavelength of 4.5 microns is blue, 8.0-micron light is green, and 24-micron light is red.



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2. rocketry - August 22, 2006

Excellent site. Glad to see it’s another WordPress user.

3. Hello - August 23, 2007

looks like a giant yellow bird if you look at it closely.

kool pic 🙂

4. Anna Darling - September 17, 2007

Stars are cool, take more photos

5. Ammon Slayden - November 2, 2007

I don’t know if it’s posted anywhere else, but if you look at the Witch Head Nebula with North facing up, you get a full face with a seemingly endless neck, but if you turn it amost upside down you get another Witch head, with the top of the face missing. I found this while playing with Google Earth. Does anyone else see the Two Faces of the Witch Head?

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