NASA Spitzer Telescope Spots a Ghoulish Gourd

Katie Ramirez
November 1, 2019

Peering out of the great black void like some celestial spectre, this eerie image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope will remind us all that space truly is a scary place where no one can hear you scream!

What do you think of this monstrously cool Hubble Telescope image beamed direct from outer space and does it set the mood for the ideal Halloween?

NASA believes this "ghoulish gourd", carved out of gas and dust, was the work of an O-type star - a massive star that is about 15 to 20 times heavier than the Sun. It detected the star glowing like a candle at the centre of a hollowed-out pumpkin, JPL said.

The object, dubbed by astronomers as the Jack-o'-lantern Nebula, is a massive cloud composed of interstellar dust and gas.

A large amount of objects in the universe emit infrared light, often as heat - so they tend to radiate more infrared light the warmer they are. In the case of this image, it contains three different wavelengths of infrared light. "Green and red represent light emitted primarily by dust radiating at different temperatures, though some stars radiate prominently in these wavelengths as well", the agency stated.

In a higher-contrast image, however, the orange and green create an orange tone ideal for Halloween. Right in the heart of a red dust shell near the center of the region is the O-type star, which appears as a white spot.

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A high-contrast version of the same image makes the red wavelength more pronounced.

Astronomers used the Hubble Telescope to zoom in on the Arp-Madore 2026-424 system, which is located 704 million years away from Earth.

"When combined with tallies of adult stars in these regions, these data will help scientists determine whether the rates of star and planet formation in the galaxy's outer regions differ from the rates in middle and inner regions".

The picture shows a layout of a face in a ring of blue stars with further gatherings of new stars structure a nose and mouth.

The brutal experience gives the framework a capturing "ring" structure for just a short measure of time, around 100 million years. The crash would pull and stretch the disks of gas of the galaxies, the dust and the stars outward.

This view of AM 2026-424 comes courtesy of a program that takes advantage of occasional gaps in Hubble's observing schedule to squeeze in some opportunistic snapshots.

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