Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Friday

Credit: ESO
This image of IC2944 or the Running Chicken Nebula was released by the European Southern Observatory to celebrate 15 years of operation by the VLT (Very Large Telescope).  The dark blobs are dense regions of gas and dust called Thackeray's Globules after the South African Astronomer who first observed them.  The Running Chicken Nebula is 2 kiloparsecs or 6,500 light years from planet Earth. 
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