Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel

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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.

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

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  1. Mairi M Martin 28 months ago | reply

    Absolutely Awesome , words are not enough .

  2. petrus.13 28 months ago | reply

    wow, great shot and work
    bel colpo

    for you all:
    Auguri di Natale 2011 - Christmas Greetings 2011

  3. Pontus_GBG 28 months ago | reply


  4. FrankHilarity 28 months ago | reply

    -- James Ph. Kotsybar

    The remnants of supernovae disperse
    behemoth art, when stars annihilate.
    “Sombrero”, “Crab” and “Horseshead” populate
    the gallery of our known universe.
    There’s “Ant,” “Tarantula”, and Pelican.”
    There’s “Eagle” and “Pillars Of Creation,”
    and even one called “Big Running Chicken.”
    One slightly resembles our great nation.
    These interstellar Rorschach tests reveal
    the shapes we recognize within our world,
    like “Hamburger,” “Butterfly” and “Pinwheel,”
    but they are the guts of stars that are hurled.

    Each may have destroyed some sentient race,
    but, “Look! It’s like a snow angel in space!”

  5. Farshad Sanaee The Apple 28 months ago | reply

    ,.~* Amazing Mystery *~.,

  6. Bruce Lemons 27 months ago | reply


  7. Crazy Craft 27 months ago | reply

    wow!! amazing and beautiful ^^

  8. Under The Son Photos 27 months ago | reply

    Proof that there's a God...this pic is heavenly!

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