Hubble sees snow angel in space

by Anonymous on Dec. 22nd, 2011

Snow angel in outer space: Hubble Telescope image of Sharples 2-106 nebula.
Snow angel in outer space: Hubble Telescope image of Sharples 2-106 nebula.Courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Hey look! Somebody made a snow angel in outer space! How appropriate and wonderful it should occur during this festive holiday season. This remarkable image was captured by the Hubble Telescope, and actually shows a star-making region of our Milky Way galaxy some 2000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Cygnus. It’s a nebula (known as Sharples 2-106) that contains massive clouds of gas spreading across several light-years of space. The imagined perception of images (religious or otherwise) in nature or in ordinary, everyday objects isn’t something new. The Ancient Greeks called it simulacra and there’s even a scientific explanation for the phenomena . Still, it’s a pretty dang cool-looking celestial image, apropos for the season, and another item to add to the list.


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