Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Running Chicken Nebula

No, I didn't make it up:
Pic courtesy of
That really is it's name - the Running Chicken Nebula, also known as Lambda Centauri Nebula, also known as IC 2944. It’s a cloud of hydrogen, illuminated by hot, bright newborn stars, in the direction of the southern constellation Centaurus the Centaur, and some astronomers see a bird-like shape in its brightest region.

I sort of see it myself, and lots of people (including me) have tried to help by drawing on the photo. 

A fun thread about this is on the Backyard Chickens has more pics like this one (I'm about a year late, it seems, lol)

Here's one of my tries!
and another two!  I won't be giving up the day job any time yet...

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