Sharpless 2-106, a bipolar star-forming region in Cygnus. The 'wings' of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat & mo-tion against a backdrop of a colder medium. Twin lobes of super-hot gas stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the 'wings.' A ring of dust & gas orbiting the star acts like a belt, clinching the expending nebula into an 'hourglass' shape
This galactic fireworks display is taking place in NGC 4258, also known as M106, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way. About 23 million light years away, this galactic light show involves a giant black hole, shock waves and vast reservoirs of gas. - Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA
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