The Intriguing Horsehead Nebula
Otherwise known as Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula is a nebula located in the Orion Constellation. It was first found in 1888 on a photographic plate taken at the Harvard College Observatory. This nebula is located about 1500 light years away from Earth, just under Alnitak, the star furthest left of Orion's Belt. It is made up of a swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, and is easily identified because its shape is similar to that of a horse's head. The red glow illuminating the nebula from behind originates from the hydrogen gases behind the nebula. These hydrogen gases are ionized, or stripped of their atoms, by the nearby star Sigma Orionis. This nebula is interesting because it is the nebula with the most conspicuous shape, and I thought that it is worth researching because it looked so pretty with the swirling dark colors, outlined by the beautiful pink and red lights illuminating the dark shadows.
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Yes, Angel, this IS very intriguing! Oh, and I typed in the wrong word verification. This means I'm not human?
Comment Posted on March 17, 2010 at 09:40 PM by
Yes, Angel, this IS very intriguing!
Comment Posted on March 17, 2010 at 09:38 PM by
this is amaaazing[;
Comment Posted on January 24, 2010 at 06:58 PM by
wow that is awesome
Comment Posted on December 20, 2009 at 02:28 PM by
Thats a really cool picture
Comment Posted on December 19, 2009 at 01:04 PM by
I think this nebula is pretty cool.....it's fascinating how it's shaped exactly like a horse's head. Isn't there another nebula in the constellation Orion, somewhere near his sword?
Comment Posted on December 5, 2009 at 07:14 PM by
I <3 the part where you say " I thought that it is worth researching because it looked so pretty" lol! Good Job :)
Comment Posted on November 30, 2009 at 06:11 PM by
You choose the same nebula as me!
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