Bok Globules

ESO’s Latest Dramatic Landscape

by Shannon Hall August 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The universe is stunning. Images from even the most modest telescopes can unveil its brilliant beauty. But couple that with a profound reason — our ability to question and understand the physical laws that dominate that brilliant beauty — and the image […]

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An Amazing Anniversary Image from the VLT

by Jason Major May 23, 2013

This Saturday will mark 15 years that the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) first opened its eyes on the Universe, and ESO is celebrating its first-light anniversary with a beautiful and intriguing new image of the stellar nursery IC 2944, full of bright young stars and ink-black clouds of cold interstellar dust. This […]

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Cosmic Ink-blot Test: Can You See the Gecko in Space?

by Nancy Atkinson February 13, 2013

A small, isolated dark nebula known as a Bok globule was described as “a drop of ink on the luminous sky” by its discoverer, astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard. Through a small telescope, the object seen here, Barnard 86, does appear as though someone may have dropped a blob of dark ink on the telescope lens. […]

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Can You Spot the Running Chicken in this Nebula?

by Nancy Atkinson September 21, 2011

A brand new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope reveals the Lambda Centauri Nebula, a cloud of glowing hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus. The nebula is also known as IC 2944. But it also has one of the most unique nicknames of any other nebula: The […]

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