NASA captures amazing “Christmas Tree Cluster” of stars

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From NASA:

“This new image of NGC 2264, also known as the “Christmas Tree Cluster,” shows the shape of a cosmic tree with the glow of stellar lights. NGC 2264 is, in fact, a cluster of young stars — with ages between about one and five million years old — in our Milky Way about 2,500 light-years away from Earth. The stars in NGC 2264 are both smaller and larger than the Sun, ranging from some with less than a tenth the mass of the Sun to others containing about seven solar masses.

This new composite image enhances the resemblance to a Christmas tree through choices of color and rotation. The blue and white lights (which blink in the animated version of this image) are young stars that give off X-rays detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray ObservatoryOptical data from the National Science Foundation’s WIYN 0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak shows gas in the nebula in green, corresponding to the “pine needles” of the tree, and infrared data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey shows foreground and background stars in white. This image has been rotated clockwise by about 160 degrees from the astronomer’s standard of North pointing upward, so that it appears like the top of the tree is toward the top of the image.”

Read more about the cluster here.

Truly amazing!

DCG

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greenworxx
greenworxx
2 months ago

So beautiful. Merry Christmas everyone! God bless!

Calgirl
Calgirl
1 month ago

Wow. Some of those stars are the size of our sun? They are in our Milky Way Galaxy? Hmmmmm…Bonus: they are included in a “Christmas Tree cluster.” Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Did God create one world…or a universe of worlds..IN HIS IMAGE?

I’ve had a restful Christmas so far, and hope you all have had the same. xxoo

TrailDust
TrailDust
1 month ago

Fun!