Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brains in space

NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)

One of the latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope is this gorgeous picture of a brain in space. Actually, it's a cloud of star-forming gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and astronomers call it N-11 or the Bean Nebula. The bright blue stars in the image are newborns: you can read more about the image and what it shows at the Hubble site.

Thanks to the Bad Astronomer for pointing out the resemblance to a brain.

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