Thursday, December 27, 2007

NASA spots Galactus? Monsterous dust formations in space.

Dust pillars are like interstellar mountains. They survive because they are more dense than their surroundings; however, they are being slowly eroded by a hostile environment. Visible in the image above is the end of a huge gas and dust pillar in the Trifid Nebula, punctuated by a smaller pillar pointing up and an unusual jet pointing to the left.The pink dots are newly formed low-mass stars. Article published by NASA and Image Credit: NASA, HST, WFPC2, J. Hester (Arizona St. U) et al.

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