Mystic Mountains!!

The Mystic Mountains in Carina Nebula (Credit: NASA/ESA)

These Mystic Mountains which I would have expected to originate only in the dramatic imagination of some very powerful and colorful dreamer is actually not a fantasy art piece but a real Stellar Nursery in the Cosmic Space. These are three pillars of gas and dust in the Carina Nebulae located almost 7500 light years away from us. Within the three pillars resides a complete factory for star formation where chaotic and violent activities have been going on and infant stars are being born. The powerful jets being fired by these superhot new-born stars inside and the brilliant radiation from nearby bright stars are eating away these pillars, the most vulnerable to this attack being the cool hydrogen residing at the top of the three pillars – a perfect example of ‘erosion by radiation‘.

In this image, clicked by the Hubble’s Wide Field Camera the blue regions are full of Oxygen, the red part is being dominated by sulphur while the green places host mainly hydrogen and nitrogen.


About Panchi

Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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3 Responses to Mystic Mountains!!

  1. i can see d future headlines panchi…..
    “Astrophysicist Payaswini Saikia wins the Nobel prize for Physics, 2015”
    sub heading: “she is the youngest winner of a Nobel Prize till date”. 🙂

    great work on d blog….
    continue to do d good work!
    much love! 🙂

    • Panchi says:

      Simi dear :p I heard they do not give Nobel Prize for sharing pretty pictures taken by others of the amazing universe that ‘I’ didnt create 😉

      But anyways, I am glad you like the blog 🙂 me loves it too!!

  2. Louetta Tobacco says:

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