Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gift From Space: Celestial Christmas Wreath

Posted By on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 10:16 AM

NASA has unwrapped a Christmas gift a bit early and shared it with the planet.

The space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, better known as WISE, captured this breathtaking nebula called Barnard 3. NASA scientists are nicknaming the spectacle "Wreath Nebula," with its bursts of red surrounded by a celestial evergreen.

The vision comes from 1,000 light years away. The special effects are attributed to what NASA calls "savage stellar winds blasting from a central bright star."

WISE was launched in 2009 to map the stars.

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