Herschel And Hubble See The Horsehead In New Light


Hubble’s view of the Horsehead Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA & Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Hubble’s view of the Horsehead Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA & Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

New views of the Horsehead Nebula and its turbulent environment have been unveiled by ESA’s Herschel space observatory and the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope.

The Horsehead Nebula lies in the constellation Orion, about 1300 light-years away, and is a popular target for amateur and professional astronomers alike. It sits just to the south of star Alnitak, the easternmost of Orion’s famous three-star belt, and is part of the vast Orion Molecular Cloud complex.

The new far-infrared Herschel view shows in spectacular detail the scene playing out around the Horsehead Nebula at the right-hand side of the image, where it seems to surf like a ‘white horse’ in the waves of turbulent star-forming clouds.

The new Hubble view, taken at near-infrared wavelengths with its Wide Field Camera 3 to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the launch of the observatory, zooms in on the Horsehead to reveal fine details of its structure.

Full Story, Images, Video and Links:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Herschel/Herschel_and_Hubble_see_the_Horsehead_in_new_light
And: http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1307/

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  1. April 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Reblogged this on hitchens67 Atheism WOW!! Campaign and commented:
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