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NASA publishes festive image of distant 'Christmas Tree Cluster'

By T.K. Randall
December 22, 2023 · Comment icon 6 comments
Christmas Tree Cluster.
The perfect astronomical image for this time of year. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO et al.
Just in time for the festive season, the image shows a cluster of young stars that happens to resemble a Christmas tree.
Situated within our own galaxy approximately 2,500 light-years from the Earth, NGC 2264 (also known as the Christmas Tree Cluster) is a cluster of young stars up to 5 million years old.

According to NASA, the stars range in size from a tenth of the mass of the Sun to seven times larger.

The image is a composite created using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the National Science Foundation's WIYN 0.9-meter telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
The blue and white points of light are stars that give off X-rays, the green parts of the image are the gases of the nebula and the other background and foreground stars are also shown in white.

The resulting composition resembles a Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles on its branches.

"Young stars, like those in NGC 2264, are volatile and undergo strong flares in X-rays and other types of variations seen in different types of light," NASA wrote.

"The coordinated, blinking variations shown in this animation, however, are artificial, to emphasize the locations of the stars seen in X-rays and highlight the similarity of this object to a Christmas tree."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Shadowsfall 4 months ago
Even the universe celebrates Chrissy…..
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 months ago
Does it? Before the 19th century the fir or pine tree was a symbol of Yuletide and considered, by Christians, to be pagan. The Christmas Tree Cluster pre-dates the 19th century. Therefore the universe is pagan.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Shadowsfall 4 months ago
Fair enough…
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 4 months ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Very nice.
Comment icon #6 Posted by MissJatti 4 months ago
Of course the original image has been tampered with,  like it says, and therefore looks nothing like a christamas tree at all

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