Completely timed for Halloween, NASA is exhibiting off a outstanding picture of a ‘ghost nebula’ captured by the Hubble House Telescope.
“The Ghost of Cassiopeia” is positioned 550 light-years away within the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen, NASA explains in an announcement. The constellation is known as after the useless Cassiopeia from Greek mythology and its ‘W’ form is alleged to resemble the queen on her throne.
A lightweight yr, which measures distance in area, equals 6 trillion miles.
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“The nebula’s ethereal glow would possibly remind individuals of apparitions resembling these reported by paranormal investigators,” mentioned NASA within the assertion. “In actuality, it is merely hydrogen that’s being bombarded with ultraviolet radiation from the close by, blue-giant star Gamma Cassiopeiae.”
The unbelievable image exhibits hydrogen glowing in crimson mild, whereas the blue coloration is mild reflecting off of the nebula’s mud, in line with the area company. The star Gamma Cassiopeiae unleashes the power of 34,000 Suns, it provides.
Formally often known as IC 63, the Nebula was photographed by Hubble in August 2016.
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“The constellation Cassiopeia is seen each clear evening from mid-northern and better latitudes. Its distinctive ‘W’ asterism, which types the queen’s throne, is finest seen excessive within the sky on autumn and winter evenings,” NASA mentioned in its assertion. “Gamma Cassiopeiae, the center star within the W, is seen to the unaided eye, however a big telescope is required to see IC 63.”
An asterism is a particular group of stars.
The Hubble House Telescope lately returned to regular operations after experiencing issues with its gyroscope. NASA companions with the European House Company on the telescope which is managed from NASA’s Goddard House Flight Middle in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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The ghost nebula will not be the one “spooky” object in area. An asteroid that, in sure mild situations, resembles a human cranium, will fly previous Earth simply after Halloween.
Generally known as Asteroid 2015 TB145, the area rock is a so-called “useless comet” that has misplaced most of its ice and gases. Appropriately for its ghoulish look, the asteroid first flew previous Earth on Halloween 2015, prompting NASA to name it “The Nice Pumpkin.”
In 2015, the asteroid flew previous Earth at a distance of simply 300,000 miles, House.com stories. For comparability, the typical distance between Earth and the Moon is 238,855 miles.
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First found on Oct. 10, 2015 by the College of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS-1 (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Speedy Response System), the “Halloween asteroid” is about to make one other flyby in November, researchers say. Nonetheless, it will likely be nowhere close to as near our planet this time.
Asteroid 2015 TB145 will zoom previous at 105 instances the typical lunar distance, SINC stories, citing a analysis examine launched final yr.
Fox Information’ Zoe Szathmary contributed to this text. Observe James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers