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30 March 2010

New Astronomy Photos: Cosmic Rosebud, Winds of Change Black Hole, Orion Nebula

Cosmic Rosebud

From Denny: Check out the latest version of Spring buds, the Cosmic Rosebud out in space. NASA's latest WISE space telescope (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) has discovered a vast cloud in deep space, brimming with new stars inside flower-like wisps of interstellar dust. Astronomers do like to wax romantic. This area of pretty glowing space dust is known by its more academic name as the Berkeley 59 cluster.

Winds of Change supermassive black hole

Check out the scary Winds of Change in this galaxy. This is a composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 1068. There is a supermassive black hole growing rapidly at its center. X-ray readings from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory are shown in red, optical emissions are in green, and radio emissions are in blue.

Get this: the X-Ray data indicates that driven out of and away from the galaxy's center is a strong wind that is so fast it is blowing at a rate of a million miles per hour.

Scientists believe that just an "average" supermassive black hole like this one can alter the evolution of its host galaxy.

Orion Nebula

This is the most dramatic detailed image of the Orion Nebula to date. It comes from the European Southern Observatory’s new VISTA survey telescope (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy). The VISTA is the latest addition to ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. It happens to be the largest survey telescope in the entire world! Its been dedicated to mapping the sky at infrared wavelengths.

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