An exciting time to be an amateur astronomer: The total lunar eclipse today, the discovery of this gorgeous nebula and lots of other celestial events. Clear skies and a lack of light pollution are great! IF it is clear where you are, just go outside tonight and study the sky. It is so beautiful! More about RCW 120 here from NatGeo:
In a new infrared picture from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, a nebula known as RCW 120 makes a brilliant green “O” against a starry patch of sky.
It may look like a portal to Hell ripped through the fabric of spacetime, but this nebula is actually a bubble of gas and dust that’s formed around an “O” type star, the most massive stellar giants known to exist.
O stars appear blue in visible light and are very hot: Surface temperatures can be higher than 73,340 degrees Fahrenheit (40,727 degrees Celsius).
Because they are so bulky, O stars live fast and die young. Their intense radiation lights up their stellar nurseries shortly after they’re born, and they blow themselves apart as supernovae just a few million years later.
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