Glimpse of the Cat’s Paw

SPITZER SPACE TELE­SCOPE, 23 OC­TO­BER 2018

Sky at Night Magazine - - EYE ON THE SKY -

The Ga­lac­tic Legacy In­frared Mid­plane Sur­vey Ex­traor­di­naire (GLIMPSE) is a sur­vey of the Milky Way Galaxy us­ing Spitzer, and this in­cred­i­ble im­age is just one of many pro­duced as part of the mis­sion. It shows the Cat’s Paw Neb­ula, a stel­lar nurs­ery 5,500 lightyears away, re­veal­ing its glow­ing clouds and black fil­a­ments of dense gas and dust, which may one day col­lapse in on them­selves pre­cip­i­tat­ing the for­ma­tion of new stars.

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