Blue Heron in flight

Friday, July 14, 2023

Star Birth


 (NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Klaus Pon via AP)

NASA recently released this photograph from the Webb Space Telescope to mark its one year anniversary. It is a snapshot of 50 baby stars nestled in a cloud complex about 390 million light years away, Rho Ophiuchi. A single light year is nearly six trillion miles.

I am reminded of one of the scenes from Fantasia, I definitely see a dark figure with two eyes on the right but perhaps that is just my overactive imagination. 

This is the closest star-forming region to Earth and is found in the sky near the border of the constellations Ophiuchus and Scorpius, the serpent bearer and scorpion.

The Webb is approximately 100 times more sensitive than the Hubble predecessor and the quality of work and images that it produces are amazing. Get a glimpse of the dawn of creation. But watch your head.

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