Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Fox Fur! Bitch!

When in doubt, look at pretty space pictures. This one is the Fox Fur Nebula.
This vibrant image depicts a turbulent area of outer space which, to some, evokes a fox, hence the name Fox Fur Nebula. It lies in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn, near the left arm of Orion, just below the large, bright star S Mon (not visible in this image).

The enigmatically textured shapes comprise dust and gas, whipped into peculiar shapes by powerful stellar winds. Blue-colored areas are formed of dust reflecting starlight. Red areas are glowing from emission caused by the ionization of hydrogen gas by starlight.

The Fox Fur Nebula is part of a much larger complex known as The Christmas Tree Cluster.

I don't see a fox, do you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've never seen this one in the backyard 'scope. I'll have to try looking for it soon. Orion is nicely placed for viewing this time of year.

Backyard Astronomer