NASA shared a stunning image of yet another beautiful nebula in the Milky Way. Her latest Instagram post features a dreamy picture of the cat’s paw mist. The deep field image of the nebula was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope of the American space agency. The picture shows a thicket of stars peeking through thick green clouds and bright red bubbles. The fog resembles a cat’s footprint. NASA wrote, “Our Spitzer Space Telescope captured the image of this nebula, named for the large, round features that resemble a cat’s footprint.”
The US space agency determined that the Cat’s Paw Nebula is “a star-forming region” that is “about 4,200 to about 5,500 light years from Earth”.
In the image, the bright red bubbles and green clouds were highlighted with data from two of Spitzer’s instruments, NASA wrote. The caption added, “Spitzer was an infrared telescope, and infrared light is useful to astronomers because it can penetrate thick clouds of gas and dust better than optical light (the one visible to the human eye).”
Here is the photo NASA shared on social media:
According to the NASA website, the Cat’s Paw Nebula is also known as the Bear Claw Nebula or NGC 6334. It is an emission nebula and its red color comes from an abundance of ionized hydrogen atoms. The lights in this nebula are emitted by the presence of hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. “In just the past few million years, stars have been born there that have almost ten times the mass of our sun,” NASA said.
NASA has shared photos of many space wonders with us on their Instagram timeline. It recently released an image of a region in space where newborn stars were taking shape. The caption compared the “stellar nursery” to “a seasonal cosmic brew”. The picture was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. In the caption, NASA wrote: “One of the most famous star formation regions is the Orion Nebula, which can be seen with the naked eye. This region is a similar but more distant example – it is said to be about 13,000 light years from Earth. “
The Helix Nebula snapped eyeballs in an image shared by NASA a few days ago. With its distinctive red center and elliptical blue cloud, the Helix Nebula looked like a giant eye-shaped formation in space. This stunning nebula is 700 light years from Earth and is located in the constellation Aquarius. The Helix Nebula is one of the brightest nebulae closest to Earth. This was also recorded by the Spitzer telescope.