Merry Christmas Universe!

15 Dec

Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel

The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. The outstretched “wings” of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against the backdrop of a colder medium. Twin lobes of super-hot gas, glowing blue in this image, stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the “wings” of our angel. A ring of dust and gas orbiting the star acts like a belt, cinching the expanding nebula into an “hourglass” shape.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


Posted by on December 15, 2011 in NASA, Photo, Science, Space


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5 responses to “Merry Christmas Universe!

  1. TheTaoOfD

    December 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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  2. in every atom

    December 16, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Merry Chistmas to you and your loved ones!

    • Craig & Joe

      December 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, and a very, very Merry Christmas to you! My fellow bloggers will be on my mind and in my happy thoughts this holiday season!

  3. charlesmichelduke

    December 17, 2011 at 6:28 am

    And a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Craig & Joe

      December 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Charles. I hope you have many nights of Merry Making in my families birthplace. May peace and love shine upon you and your family.


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