Jan 10

Cat’s Paw Nebula stunning view

Source: ESO - 1003 Photo Release

Portrait of NGC 6334 created from images taken with the
Wide Field Imager instrument at the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO
telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. Credit:ESO.

ESO has just released a stunning new image of the vast cloud known as the Cat’s Paw Nebula or NGC 6334. This complex region of gas and dust, where numerous massive stars are born, lies near the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, and is heavily obscured by intervening dust clouds.(read more)

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Jan 10

Comet might result of a collision between asteroids

Source: Skymania

Astronomers are watching what they believe is a remarkable collision between two asteroids deep in space. If they are right, it is the first time a high-speed crash has ever been witnessed between massive space rocks.

The cosmic hit-and-run is happening 250 million miles away in a band of debris lying between planets Mars and Jupiter - the main asteroid belt.

An automatic sky camera called LINEAR in New Mexico snapped a newly discovered object there that looks fuzzy with a tail like a comet rather than a dot of light like a normal asteroid. It has been labelled P/2010 A2.(read more)

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