Nibbling On A Nebula
Amazing Astronomical Functions Like Nebula, Quasars, Pulsars, Black Holes and Other Interplanetary Treats
The flare star WX UMa becomes 15 times brighter in less than three minutes. This star is in the Ursa Major constellation, around 15.6 light years from the Earth, and it forms part of a binary system. Its companion shines almost 100 times brighter, except at times such as that observed, in which the WX UMa gives off its flares. This can happen several times a year, but not as strongly as that which was recorded in this instance Milky Way Scientists
Orion's Dreamy Stars - NASA Spitzer Space
Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, the glowing Orion Nebula and the dark Horsehead Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. They both appear in this stunning composite color photograph along with other nebulosities as part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud complex, itself hundreds of light-years across. The magnificent Orion Nebula (aka M42) lies at the bottom of the image.
Stunning new view from ESA’s Herschel space observatory of the iconic Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings. To the left, the panoramic view also covers two other prominent sites where massive stars are forming, NGC 2068 and NGC 2071. Image: ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/N. Schneider, Ph. André, V. Könyves (CEA Saclay, France) for the “Gould Belt survey” Key Programme