Sep 11

Lambda Centauri Nebula-An Angry Bird in the Sky

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1135

Running Chicken Nebula, a cloud of gas and newborn stars.
Image credit: ESO

A new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope reveals the Lambda Centauri Nebula, a cloud of glowing hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). The nebula, also known as IC 2944, is sometimes nicknamed the Running Chicken Nebula, from a bird-like shape some people see in its brightest region.(read more)

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