Sunday, November 20, 2011

APOD 2.3

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This gassy nebula located 6,500 lightyears away towards Cassiopeia, is an area with lots of new star formation. The Dust in this nebula is so thick, that it had to be imaged with infared and scientifically recolored. The red areas are areas of heated gas, while the green and white areas are locations of much higher density. The collision of these different regions of gas form pillars of hot, dense gas; which is prefect for star formation. W5 is shown in this image, and when viewed along side IC 1805 they are called the heart and soul nebula.

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