Messier 78 Captured With More Details By NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (Photo)

By on Jul 2, 2011 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science Comments

NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope was able to capture Messier 78 with more details, NASA reported in its website on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

According to reports, Messier 78 is also known as the Twin Orion Nebula. It was said to be composed of clouds of gas and dust that reflect the light of nearby stars.

NASA said that Messier 78 can easily be seen in small telescopes in the constellation of Orion just to the northeast of Orion‘s belt. However, it looks “strikingly different” with dominant, dark swaths of dust. The Spitzer telescope was able to penetrate this dust, which revealed the glowing interior of the nebulae.


Messier 78
Messier 78, Captured by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The image, which was shown above, is a three-color composite showing infrared observations from two Spitzer instrument. According to NASA, green shows light of 5.8 and 8 microns and blue represents 3.6 and 4.5 micron light, both captured using Spitzer‘s infrared array camera. Meanwhile, red is a 24-micron light detected by Spitzer‘s multiband imaging photometer.



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