Mother Nature Network on Tumblr MNN on Facebook MNN on Twitter
Mother Nature Network • spaceplasma: A Dying Star in a Different Light ...

20

Dec

spaceplasma:

A Dying Star in a Different Light
This image composite shows two views of a puffy, dying star, or planetary nebula, known as NGC 1514. The view on the left is from a ground-based, visible-light telescope; the view on the right shows the object in infrared light, as seen by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
The object is actually a pair of stars — one star is a dying giant somewhat heavier and hotter than our sun, and the other was an even larger star that has now contracted into a dense body called a white dwarf. As the giant star ages, it sheds some its outer layers of material to form a large bubble around the two stars. Jets of material from the white dwarf are thought to have smashed into this bubble wall. The areas where the jets hit the cavity walls appear as orange rings in the WISE image. This is because dust in the rings is being heated and glows with infrared light that WISE detects.
The green cloud seen in the WISE view is an inner shell of previously shed material. In the visible image, this shell is seen in bright, light blues. An outer shell can also be seen in the visible image in more translucent shades of blue. This outer shell is too faint to be seen by WISE.
NGC 1514 is located 800 light-years away, in the constellation Taurus.
In the WISE image, infrared light with a wavelength of 3.4 microns is blue; 4.6-micron light is cyan; 12-micron light is green; and 22-micron light is red.
The visible-light image is from the Digitized Sky Survey, based at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md.
JPL manages the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The principal investigator, Edward Wright, is at UCLA. The mission was competitively selected under NASA’s Explorers Program managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The science instrument was built by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah, and the spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. Science operations and data processing take place at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.
 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/DSS

spaceplasma:

A Dying Star in a Different Light

This image composite shows two views of a puffy, dying star, or planetary nebula, known as NGC 1514. The view on the left is from a ground-based, visible-light telescope; the view on the right shows the object in infrared light, as seen by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

The object is actually a pair of stars — one star is a dying giant somewhat heavier and hotter than our sun, and the other was an even larger star that has now contracted into a dense body called a white dwarf. As the giant star ages, it sheds some its outer layers of material to form a large bubble around the two stars. Jets of material from the white dwarf are thought to have smashed into this bubble wall. The areas where the jets hit the cavity walls appear as orange rings in the WISE image. This is because dust in the rings is being heated and glows with infrared light that WISE detects.

The green cloud seen in the WISE view is an inner shell of previously shed material. In the visible image, this shell is seen in bright, light blues. An outer shell can also be seen in the visible image in more translucent shades of blue. This outer shell is too faint to be seen by WISE.

NGC 1514 is located 800 light-years away, in the constellation Taurus.

In the WISE image, infrared light with a wavelength of 3.4 microns is blue; 4.6-micron light is cyan; 12-micron light is green; and 22-micron light is red.

The visible-light image is from the Digitized Sky Survey, based at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md.

JPL manages the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The principal investigator, Edward Wright, is at UCLA. The mission was competitively selected under NASA’s Explorers Program managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The science instrument was built by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah, and the spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. Science operations and data processing take place at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/DSS

  1. le-ciel-etoile reblogged this from spaceplasma
  2. f8cr reblogged this from spaceplasma
  3. mymothershumility reblogged this from infearfulday
  4. sulkytaxidermy reblogged this from volanas
  5. volanas reblogged this from abcstarstuff
  6. theshieldtech reblogged this from spaceplasma
  7. sautetherich reblogged this from astrotastic
  8. notaparagon reblogged this from spaceplasma
  9. giantboombastic reblogged this from hanuueshe
  10. wildwesley reblogged this from mothernaturenetwork
  11. space--debris reblogged this from psycopotato
  12. psycopotato reblogged this from eclectic-minded-lucid-dreamella
  13. eclectic-minded-lucid-dreamella reblogged this from spaceplasma
  14. abcstarstuff reblogged this from neuronsandneutrons
  15. theprinceofamber reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  16. modelmefitx reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  17. gnarwolff reblogged this from mrachilles
  18. classicallyforbiddenregions reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  19. astroanimal reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  20. quasa-r reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  21. menez00 reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  22. mrachilles reblogged this from thescienceofreality and added:
    R.i.p
  23. brilliantstreet reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  24. believe-it-beautiful reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  25. neuronsandneutrons reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  26. nnnorrissey reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  27. thescienceofreality reblogged this from spaceplasma