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The heart of the Rosette Nebula and its details

In the heart of the Rosette Nebula lies a bright open cluster of stars that lights up the nebula. The stars of NGC 2244 formed from the surrounding gas only a few million years ago. The above image taken in January using multiple exposures and very specific colors of Sulfur (shaded red), Hydrogen (green), and Oxygen (blue), captures the central region in tremendous detail. A hot wind of particles streams away from the cluster stars and contributes to an already complex menagerie of gas and dust filaments while slowly evacuating the cluster center. The Rosette Nebula’s center measures about 50 light-years across, lies about 4,500 light-years away, and is visible with binoculars towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). [via APOD]

Image by Don Goldman


The Featured Creature: Deep Sea Siphonophore: a Creature Made of Creatures

This remarkable ‘creature’ is not actually a creature at all, but multiple tiny creatures, called zooids, all living and working together. They combine to create what’s called a siphonophore; a long, thin, sometimes transparent pelagic floating colony that can superficially resemble a jellyfish.

video & full article: http://bit.ly/1DkNrTz