27 Jan, 2017
Blog 5: The Beautiful Horsehead
Nothing in astronomy captures the imagination like the Horsehead Nebula.
It takes the form of the head and neck of a mighty phantom horse, a dark ghostly beast with a roiling mane, seen against a glowing pinkish curtain that is streaked with vertical folds and mysterious horizontal waves – all of it spattered with random white spheres. The spheres are stars, gigantic nuclear furnaces like our sun.
[The Horsehead Nebula, photographed by Joe Bauman, Oct. 29-30, 2014. See the