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A Horse in the Sky
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Posted: May 01, 2024
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    This image shows three views of the Horsehead Nebula. The image on the right is the most recent. (NASA via AP)
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    This image of the Horsehead Nebula from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope focuses on a portion of the horse’s “mane.” (NASA via AP)
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    Part of the nebula’s “mane” (NASA via AP)
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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sent back some presents for viewers on Earth. They’re images of a nebula . . . a nebula shaped like a horse!

What’s a nebula, you ask? It’s a giant cloud of dust. And gas. In space. This one acts like a nursery for big stars to form.

And now Webb reveals the sharpest images of the cloud yet. The new pictures show the “horse’s mane” in finer detail.

You can find the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion . . . or you could if it wasn’t so far away. It’s 1,300 light-years distant from Earth. A light-year is nearly six trillion miles.

The Horsehead Nebula isn’t new. People discovered it over a century ago. Its name comes from its shape. The wispy pillar of gas and dust looks like a horse rearing its head.

Scientists released Webb’s newest images this week. They capture the top of Horsehead in greater detail. They show clouds of chilly hydrogen molecules and soot-like chemicals. These glamour shots will help astronomers study how stars form.

Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing. — Isaiah 40:26