31 August 2013

Cosmic Caterpillar ~ DM Spots Cygnus Squiggle!

The DM's Ellie Zolfagharifard spots the Cosmic Caterpillar...
"The light-year-long cosmic squiggle is currently collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it. [...] A previous study has called the object, which lies 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, a ‘tadpole in an interstellar pond.’ Harsh winds from extremely bright stars are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this 'wanna-be' star, named IRAS 20324+4057, and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape."

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