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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nasa discovers amazing wreath nebula - 23rd Dec 2011

Nasa scientists were in a very festive mood on Friday, releasing an amazing image of a nebula they nicknamed the 'wreath nebula.'

The scene looks like a ring of evergreens decorated with a red Christmasy bow with silver bells throughout.

It was captured by Nasa's WISE space telescope.

The star-forming nebula is actually named Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5, discovery.com reports.

But this picture of serenity is deceiving. From 1,000 light years away, this nebula looks peaceful but it is actually a mass of savage winds blasting from the central bright star. in the middle of the red area.

The blizzard winds have turned the warm dust into a wreath shape. Read More