Tuesday, November 07, 2006

ORION EYED BY HUBBLE & SPITZER

This false color image
is a spectacular
composite of real
images taken by
NASA's Hubble and
Spitzer Space Telescopes.





The image illustrates the chaos surrounding young stars in the Trapezium, a collection of massive stars in the Orion Nebula, in the middle of Orion's sword. Researchers believe they've detected a plethora of PAHs, Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, which are thought to be a key to the evolution of carbon-based life.

Image: NASA HST/SSC

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