Recent photos show an interstellar phenomenon fluttering its etheric wings in striking detail. The spectacular display comes from a highly symmetrical gas nebula known as NGC 2899.
The image was captured as part of the Southern European Observatory (ESO) Cosmic Gems program for education and public outreach purposes.
Glancing into deep space through ESO’s very large telescope, astronomers enjoyed the immense glowing gas bubble, in an almost symmetrical butterfly-like shape, between 3,000 and 6,500 years old. light of the Earth.
Although the nebula was discovered by British astronomer John Herschel in 1835, no one has seen it before with such high resolution.
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The wingspan of the butterfly reaches about 19 trillion kilometers or two light years. It is also very hot, as the hydrogen and oxygen that make up your body are heated to about 10,000 degrees Celsius (twice as hot as the Sun) thanks to two stars in its center, which are believed to be they give their symmetrical appearance. .
The NGC 2899 can only be seen from the southern hemisphere and only through a powerful telescope, known as the very large telescope, which is conveniently located in Chile.
Its four 8.2-meter telescopes have discovered numerous images of deep space objects, such as the first known interstellar asteroid and the light of a gravitational wave source, among others.
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