Hubble serves up a holiday snow angel

Dec 15, 2011
The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. The outstretched “wings” of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against the backdrop of a colder medium. Twin lobes of super-hot gas, glowing blue in this image, stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the “wings” of our angel. A ring of dust and gas orbiting the star acts like a belt, cinching the expanding nebula into an “hourglass” shape. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope presents a festive holiday greeting that’s out of this world. The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. The outstretched “wings” of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against the backdrop of a colder medium.

Sharpless 2-106, Sh2-106 or S106 for short, lies nearly 2,000 light-years from us. The nebula measures several light-years in length. It appears in a relatively isolated region of the Milky Way galaxy.

A massive, young star, IRS 4 (Infrared Source 4), is responsible for the furious activity we see in the nebula. Twin lobes of super-hot , glowing blue in this image, stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the “wings” of our angel.

A ring of dust and gas orbiting the star acts like a belt, cinching the expanding nebula into an “hourglass” shape. Hubble’s sharp resolution reveals ripples and ridges in the gas as it interacts with the cooler interstellar medium.

Dusky red veins surround the blue emission from the nebula. The faint light emanating from the central star reflects off of tiny dust particles. This illuminates the environment around the star, showing darker filaments of dust winding beneath the blue lobes.

Detailed studies of the nebula have also uncovered several hundred brown dwarfs. At purely infrared wavelengths, more than 600 of these sub-stellar objects appear. These "failed" weigh less than a tenth of our Sun. Because of their low mass, they cannot produce energy through nuclear fusion like our Sun does. They encompass the in a small cluster.

The Hubble images were taken in February 2011 with the Wide Field Camera 3. Visible narrow-band filters that isolate the hydrogen gas were combined with near-infrared filters that show structure in the cooler gas and dust.

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omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Dec 17, 2011
looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel


Thanks for the story and the beautiful image.

Like so many other parts of the universe, this bipolar image appears to be something made by:

a.) Fragmentation - likely driven by neutron repulsion [1] in a universe that is expanding [2] - rather than by

b.) Condensation or accretion - driven by classical gravitational attraction.

What observations support b.) over a.)?

1. "Neutron Repulsion", The APEIRON Journal, in press (2011)

http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1

2. "Is the Universe Expanding?", The Journal of Cosmology 13, 4187-4190 (2011)

http://journalofc...102.html

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
www.omatumr.com
http://myprofile....anuelo09

jsdarkdestruction
not rated yet Dec 19, 2011
that is a bunch of horseshit. Their is no global conspiracy to hold back your neutron repulsion theory of the sun, whats holding it back is the lack of any evidence not written by you or a friend who used your work as a basis. if thats not the case then you claim old obsolete data supports you when newer data clearly refutes it.
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Dec 19, 2011
President Eisenhower warned in 1961 "that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

www.youtube.com/w...ld5PR4ts

Precise rest mass measurements on every atom show:

a.) Neutrons attract protons to make stable atoms
b.) Neutrons repel other neutrons; Neutron-rich atoms are unstable
c.) Protons repel protons even more strongly; Proton-rich atoms are less stable
d.) A benevolent Reality that surrounds and sustains us is in a "Cradle of the Nuclides"

www.amazon.com/Or...06465620

http://dl.dropbox..._Not.pdf

As the AGW scam collapses, my most immediate concern is that frightened leaders of formerly "Free West" nations may act foolishly to preserve their false illusion of control once the public begins to grasp that a pulsar actually gave birth to the Solar System and its elements and still controls our fate today.

http://dl.dropbox...asks.pdf
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Dec 19, 2011
This new ApJ paper on young solar-type stars may help:

http://adsabs.har...31...69B

Young solar-type stars:

a.) Rotate rapidly
b.) Are magnetically active
c.) Some have magnetic cycles like the 22-yr solar activity cycle

How does an interstellar cloud of H to collapse and perform these feats?

Could it be that young solar-type stars have a pulsar core, like the Sun?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
poeteye
not rated yet Dec 23, 2011
NEBULAE
-- James Ph. Kotsybar

The remnants of supernovae disperse
behemoth art, when stars annihilate.
Sombrero, Crab and Horseshead populate
the gallery of our known universe.
Theres Ant, Tarantula, and Pelican.
Theres Eagle and Pillars Of Creation,
and even one called Big Running Chicken.
One slightly resembles our great nation.
These interstellar Rorschach tests reveal
the shapes we recognize within our world,
like Hamburger, Butterfly and Pinwheel,
but they are the guts of stars that are hurled.

Each may have destroyed some sentient race,
but, Look! Its like a snow angel in space!

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