Out there in the deep reaches of outer space, an incredible trio of stellar nurseries is booming with newborn stars. Astrophotographer Terry Hancock captured a dazzling image of this cosmic trio from Fremont Michigan. Each one of these nebulae are unique with their own awe-inspiring stories and intergalactic happenings. Let your mind take a journey into each nebula as we describe them below and imagine the incredible possibilites of unexplored worlds and stellar wonders.
I spent a lot of time looking up before using a telescope when I was wee lad, before I did, I saw multitudes of pictures in books, some of them were photographs, some of them were drawings but I could never quite understand how, simply put, why they were there. I just enjoyed the dark, black, blanket of space and how magnificent it made me feel when I looked up and began to understand there was space stuff I couldn't see but I knew was there. That was the moment I got hooked in astronomy.
The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour.
As we gaze into the night, we can see amazing wonders, but telescopes can turn them into eye candy for the soul. This image captured by Terry Hancock in his amateur backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan, takes our eyes on an instant cosmic vacation. It almost appears 3-D as our imagination travels through the incredible jewel encrusted scenery.
Carl Sagan famously once said "The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting."
"A rose by an other name would smell as sweet" from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1600.
The delicate petals of this cosmic rose cradle newborn suns in her stellar nursery. The Rosette Nebula, also known as NGC 2237 is a young star forming complex in the constellation of Monoceros (The Unicorn). This blossoming flower stretches about 130 light years across and is 5,000 light years from Earth.
This incredibly beautiful and colorful photo was taken and processed by David Lindemann from his telescope at his home in the Swiss Alps. He has an amazing talent for capturing extraordinary images of the cosmos.
Thank you so much for being a part of the NEW Stellar Eyes website, David!
See more of David's breathtaking nebula photos in our Photo Gallery.