Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Pan over Cometary Globule CG 4 in Puppis | Victor Blanco Telescope

Pan over Cometary Globule CG 4 in Puppis | Victor Blanco Telescope


This cloudy, ominous structure is CG 4, a cometary globule nicknamed ‘God’s Hand’. CG 4 is one of many cometary globules present within the Milky Way, and how these objects get their distinct form is still a matter of debate among astronomers. This image was captured by the Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera on the U.S. National Science Foundation V√≠ctor M. Blanco  Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a Program of the National Science Foundation's NOIRLab. In it, the features that classify CG 4 as a cometary globule are hard to miss. Its dusty head and long, faint tail vaguely resemble the appearance of a comet, though they have nothing in common. Astronomers theorize that cometary globules get their structure from the stellar winds of nearby hot, massive stars.

Distance: 1,300 light years


Credit: CTIO/NOIRLab/DOE/NSF/AURA

Image Processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), D. de Martin & M. Zamani (NSF’s NOIRLab)

Duration: 30 seconds

Release Date: May 6, 2024


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