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Lionel

A Valentines Day Rose from the Universe

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user posted imageJet Propulsion Lab -- Out of the dark and dusty cosmos comes an unusual valentine — a stellar nursery resembling a shimmering pink rosebud. This cluster of newborn stars, called a reflection nebula, was captured by state-of-the-art infrared detectors onboard NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. "The picture is more than just pretty," said Dr. Thomas Megeath, principal investigator for the latest observations and an astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass. "It helps us understand how stars form in the crowded environments of stellar nurseries."

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Located 3,330 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus and spanning 10 light-years across, the rosebud-shaped nebula, numbered NGC 7129, is home to some 130 young stars. Our own Sun is believed to have grown up in a similar family setting.

Previous images of NGC 7129 taken by visible telescopes show a smattering of hazy stars spotted against a luminescent cloud. Spitzer, by sensing the infrared radiation or heat of the cluster, produces a much more detailed snapshot.

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Happy Valentine's day to everybody

Edited by Lionel

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Potholer

Ooooo, so pretty.

I want one too!

I mean, a big flower.

Yay for big flowers

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Halo_Jones
That is so beautifull Lional thank you.....and Happy Valentines Day to YOU wub.gif

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djdodo

Happy Valentines to ALL UM members

Thats a lovely article Leo .. thank you for sharing .. happy.gif

its really amazing to see such thing as a form of a rose wub.gif

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SilverCougar

That's the sweetest! wub.gif

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geeohn

nice rose

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shirini

OMG, that is stunning. w00t.gif

Happy early Valentines Day to all.

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Cloud Strife

I think that's pretty weird..

Maybe all this was planned for V-day. rolleyes.gif

Romantic, it is. Dateless, I am. I care, not.

For more romantic people:

happy.giforiginal.gifdontgetit.gifwub.gifcool.gifwub.gifgrin.gificon_mrgreen.gifbounce.gifblush.gif

Just thought I'd do that.

Great find, Lionel!

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soulfire78

Lionel,

Happy Valentines Day to you, and to every one here at U.M.! That really is a stunning picture.

Edited by Tommy

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SpaceyKC

That is an amazing and beautiful picture Lionel.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL THE FORUM MEMBERS! original.gif

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Undead

A very mysterious picture. Beautifvul but mysterious.

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