Stardust in Aries (The Lesser Blue Stars)
Credit & Copyright: Alessandro Falesiedi
Explanation: This composition in stardust covers almost 2 degrees on the sky, close to the border of the zodiacal constellation Aries and the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. At the lower right of the gorgeous skyscape is a dusty blue reflection nebula surrounding a bright star cataloged as van den Bergh 13 (vdB 13), about 1,000 light-years away. At that estimated distance, the cosmic canvas is over 30 light-years across. Also surrounded by scattered blue starlight, vdB 16 lies toward the upper left, while dark dusty nebulae sprawl across the scene. Near the edge of a large molecular cloud, they can hide newly formed stars and young stellar objects or protostars from prying optical telescopes. Collapsing due to self-gravity, the protostars form around dense cores embedded in the molecular cloud.
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Among The Lesser Blue Stars
On my route, heaven
bound, I heard you call me back
and I have come here
to breathe with you now.
It is no small feat, to sing
me home. I was far
among the lesser
blue stars, crossing comet-like,
all ice and gray snow.
September 9, 2009 12:58 PM