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Godzilla in Space: ESO’s Cone Nebula Image is a Stunner

ESO Very Large Telescope took the picture to commemorate its 60th anniversary

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

GERMANY: Astronomers are in disbelief after seeing a magnificent photograph of a cone nebula in outer space.

Cone Nebula resembles to Godzillalike shape

The image of cone nebula slightly resembles to Monstervese movie icon Godzilla. Beside the resemblance to the pop-culture creature the image carries a ethereal touch which is a soothing phenomenon to witness.

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The picture depicts a bizarre, seemingly staring figure in the vastness of the cosmos. The European Southern Observatory has released the picture (ESO).

Seven light-years long, the nebula resembles a beacon in the vastness of space. To commemorate its 60th anniversary, the ESO Very Large Telescope took the picture.

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According to a study, the cone nebula is a component of the NGC 2264 complex, a larger structure located 2,500 light years away. The nebula has an unsettling look of a human-like figure because of its dark feature.

The ESO captioned the image, “Its pillar-like appearance is a superb example of the forms that might develop in enormous clouds of cold molecular gas and dust, famed for producing new stars.”

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NASA says it appears to be a nightmare creature rearing its head from the vast expanse of space. Due to its apparent conical shape in photographs, it is known as a cone nebula.

The Cone Nebula is an impressive illustration of the pillar-like clouds of cold molecular gas and dust that act as the precursors to star formation.

Infant bright-blue stars emit powerful ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds that push material away from their vicinity, resulting in the formation of this pillar-like structure.

As this matter moves, it pulls gas and dust away from these newborn stars, compressing them into massive, tall pillars.

Over millions of years, the nebula slowly deteriorates due to radiation from hot, newborn stars.

According to the space agency, ultraviolet radiation burns the dark cloud’s borders, causing gas to escape into the empty surrounding space.

Also Read: Small Magellanic Cloud: NASA Release Another Stunning Image before 2022 Ends

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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