Thursday, October 31, 2013

7 Spooky Nebulae (Just in Time For Halloween)

Now that fall is officially upon us, in the spirit of Halloween, we thought we"d take the opportunity to dredge up some of our favorite scary nebulae. Most nebulae are truly lovely, containing an array of colors that are laid out so beautifully, they more closely resemble a painting than a scene of utter death and destruction. Granted, the nebula generally signify rebirth (long down the road, that is), and they look like places of great creation; yet occasionally, we run across some that are truly haunting. Like the ones outlined below:

7. The Witch Head Nebula:

Obviously, this is the witch head nebula. Of course, it is named as such because of its resemblance with the face of an evil witch, something you might expect to see in a fairytale (or in congress).

Instead, IC 2118 (as it is officially named) is a large nebula found about 900 light-years away, near the supergiant Rigel in the Orion constellation. The Witch Head has a deep blue color (as opposed to the typical green that we associate with witches). This color is not only because of the blue light emitted by Rigel, but also because the dust that makes up the nebula reflects blue light most efficiently (this same principle is the reason Earths sky appears blue).

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