A glowing ring in the blackest night
This glowing emerald nebula seen in infrared by the Spitzer Space Telescope has been sculpted by the powerful light of giant “O” stars, the most massive type of star known to exist. Named RCW 120, this region can be found in the murky clouds encircled by the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
At the center of this ring are a couple of giant stars whose intense ultraviolet light has carved out the bubble. These bubbles are common and can be found around O stars throughout our Milky Way galaxy. The small objects at the lower right area of the image may themselves be similar regions seen at much greater distances across the galaxy.
RCW 120 can be found slightly above the flat plane of our galaxy, located toward the bottom of the picture. The green haze seen here is the diffuse glow of dust from the galactic plane.
public service announcement:
I LOVE CLOUDS
NO ONE UNDERSTANDS HOW MUCH I LOVE CLOUDS………
I love airplanes because I can just sit and LOOK AT CLOUDS from UP CLOSE and I try to take pictures out the window because HOLY SHIT THIS IS SO COOL, I AM NEXT TO A /CLOUD/
and it looks like a magical world of castles and I wish I could fly around them and I just….clouds.
LASFKDJASL;K OH MY GOD YOU GUYS MY LOVE OF CLOUDS GOES ON FOREVER
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