4K HD Wallpaper: The Bubble Nebula

"Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula." If you're a fan of NASA's images I'm pretty sure you'll love this one, too! Check it at full size for your device and download from here optimized to 'blown' your desktop background or homescreen phone.


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Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble's center is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The intriguing Bubble Nebula and associated cloud complex lie a mere 7,100 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp, tantalizing view of the cosmic bubble is a composite of Hubble Space Telescope image data from 2016, released to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Hubble's launch.
via: Astronomy Picture of the Day

Image credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA) | Twitter @NASA | Facebook Page | Unsplash Portfolio
License: Public Domain CC0.
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