Living the High Life: A nebula with active star formation about 6,500 light years from Earth.

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    Description: This composite image of NGC 281 contains X-ray data from Chandra (purple) with infrared observations from Spitzer (red, green, blue). The high-mass stars in NGC 281 drive many aspects of their galactic environment through powerful winds flowing from their surfaces and intense radiation that heats surrounding gas, "boiling it away" into interstellar space. This process results in the formation of large columns of gas and dust, as seen on the left side of the image. These structures likely contain newly forming stars. The eventual deaths of massive stars as supernovas will also seed the galaxy with material and energy.

    Creator/Photographer: Chandra X-ray Observatory

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, is the most sophisticated X-ray observatory built to date. The mirrors on Chandra are the largest, most precisely shaped and aligned, and smoothest mirrors ever constructed. Chandra is helping scientists better understand the hot, turbulent regions of space and answer fundamental questions about origin, evolution, and destiny of the Universe. The images Chandra makes are twenty-five times sharper than the best previous X-ray telescope. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls Chandra science and flight operations from the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Medium: Chandra telescope x-ray

    Date: 2011

    Persistent URL: chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2011/ngc281/

    Repository: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

    Gift line: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/S.Wolk; IR: NASA/JPL/CfA/S.Wolk

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    1. godisinusall (GreyReb or Chris) 76 months ago | reply

      Amazing photo series you have here ! Will we still be sending the space shuttles up to the ISS ??

    2. Friedel R 76 months ago | reply

      Wow, klasse.

    3. crossroads@miles 76 months ago | reply

      one of the wonders of the creations..

    4. Road2Nowhere 76 months ago | reply

      Fantastic . . .

    5. nebulocita [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

      nice nice nice nice nice ♥

    6. Some kind of human 76 months ago | reply

      This kind of things are the most beautiful stuff (':

    7. Asbury breathing 76 months ago | reply

      It's... it's.... absolutly amazing !

    8. Dress at party 73 months ago | reply

      I like this Pic, but i don't know what is wants to express?
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