Haunting Nebula looks like he wants to consume your soul
damn, European Southern Observatory, you certainly know how to celebrate an anniversary in style. Congratulations on 60 years and on the image you chose to mark the occasion: a gloriously haunted new view of the Cone Nebula.
ESO is a research organization with 16 Member States ranging from Austria to the UK. It focuses on ground-based astronomy using telescopes such as the Very Large Telescope in Chile. ESO was founded in 1962. ESO employees selected the image of the Cone Nebula to mark its 60th anniversary.
The Cone Nebula, a picturesque formation of gas and dust, is part of a star-forming region called NGC 2264. In the VLT image, he looks eerie, like a dark and foreboding figure wearing a cloak, standing erect and staring into our eyes. souls like a Dementor. But that’s just me anthropomorphizing a ghostly image.
ESO said: “This image is more dramatic than ever before, as it shows the dark and impenetrable cloudy appearance of the nebula in a way that makes it resemble a mythological creature.”
The firefly-like stars show how this area acts as a stellar nursery. Hydrogen gas appears in blue and sulfur gas is more reddish.
The pillar of the nebula stretches for seven light-years. It is located in the constellation Monoceros (the unicorn) at a distance of 2,500 light-years from Earth. That’s far in terms of human scale, but close in astronomical terms.
The VLT view is reminiscent of some of the most beautiful nebula images we’ve ever seen, from Hubble’s Classic Pillars of Creation to JWST’s recent look at the Tarantula Nebula. It’s the kind of space image that stays with you, like a shadow on the edge of your mind.
On to the next 60 years, ESO.
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