bullets pierce the outskirts of
Orion Nebula some 1500
light-years distant in this
Blasted out by energetic massive star formation
bullets, relatively dense,
hot gas clouds about ten times the size of Pluto's orbit, are blue in
the false color image.
Glowing with the light of ionized iron atoms they travel at speeds
of hundreds of kilometers per second,
by yellowish trails of the nebula's shock-heated
The cone-shaped wakes are up to a fifth of a light-year long.
The detailed image was created using the 8.1 meter Gemini South
telescope in Chile with a newly commisioned
adaptive optics system (GeMS).
Achieving a larger field of view than previous generation
generated guide stars
to help compensate for the blurring effects of planet Earth's
Rodrigo Carrasco (Gemini Obs.),
2013 January 10