Cos­mic trick or treat

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

Every­one was given a treat in this case as NASA and ESA’s Hub­ble Space Tele­scope pho­tographed a cos­mic bat for Hal­loween. In the Ser­pens Ne­bula, nearly 1,300 light years from Earth, the Sun-like star HBC 672 has moulded an en­com­pass­ing ring of de­bris, the shadow of which was spot­ted by Hub­ble – seen in the up­per right of the im­age. This fea­ture has been nick­named the ‘Bat Shadow’ and is roughly 200-times longer than the So­lar Sys­tem.

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