A si­mul­ta­ne­ous stel­lar fu­neral and birth

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

NASA’s Spitzer Space Tele­scope used its unique in­frared ca­pa­bil­i­ties to ob­serve the su­per­nova rem­nant HBH 3, ex­pos­ing its thin, red veins of en­er­getic gas along with the white-hot blotches of star-form­ing re­gions W3, W4 and W5.

Ob­serv­ing the re­gion in wave­lengths of 3.6 mi­crons and 4.5 mi­crons re­veals the blue and red fea­tures re­spec­tively, whereas the white re­gions are a com­bi­na­tion of both re­gions of the elec­tro­mag­netic spec­trum. The eclec­tic mix of stel­lar birth and a su­per­nova rem­nant is an ap­pro­pri­ate vis­ual metaphor of the con­tin­ual life and death of stars through­out the cos­mos.

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