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Dust Clouds of the Pacman Nebula

Dust Clouds of the Pacman Nebula

Copyright: Douglas J. StrubleFuture World Media

Stars can create huge and intricate dust sculptures from the dense and dark molecular clouds from which they are born. The tools the stars use to carve their detailed works are high energy light and fast stellar winds. The heat they generate evaporates the dark molecular dust as well as causing ambient hydrogen gas to disperse and glow red. Pictured here, a new open cluster of stars designated IC 1590 is nearing completion around the intricate interstellar dust structures in the emission nebula NGC 281, dubbed the Pac-man Nebula because of its overall shape. The dust cloud on the upper left is classified as a Bok Globule as it may gravitationally collapse and form a star — or stars. The Pacman Nebula lies about 10,000 light years away toward the constellation of Cassiopeia.

Courtesy of NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
1 month ago

This is what we are all made of …”STAR STUFF”.!