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Astronomy Picture of the Day (Discover the cosmos!)

 

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured,

along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2018 April 19
See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

 

NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble Heritage Team – Reprocessing by Maksim Kakitsev

Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble’s center is a hot,

O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and some 45 times more massive than the Sun.

A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The intriguing Bubble Nebula and associated cloud complex

lie a mere 7,100 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp, tantalizing view

of the cosmic bubble is a composite of Hubble Space Telescope image data from 2016, reprocessed to present

the nebula’s intense narrowband emission in an approximate true color scheme.

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