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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Star-Formation Region NGC 3582 with Giant Loops of Gas

Star-Formation Region NGC 3582 with Giant Loops of Gas
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This gorgeous picture of the star formation region NGC 3582 was taken using the Wide Field Imager mounted on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image reveals giant loops of gas ejected by dying stars that bear a striking resemblance to solar prominences.
The full resolution image weighs 8.0 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2 and Joe DePasquale

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