Presenting the absolutely stunning NGC 6302 or, more commonly known as the Butterfly Nebula! It is a complex bipolar planetary nebula located in the Scorpius constellation🦂
What exactly is a nebula?✨
In basic terms, a nebula is an interstellar cloud of hydrogen and helium gas, dust and plasma, known as the interstellar medium. Nebulae are also called stellar nurseries meaning -where stars are born-
How are they formed?
Gravitational attraction causes regions of matter to group together, thus enabling certain areas to be of higher density than others. Stars then form in the center of collapsing Interstellar Media. The stars'
UltraViolet Ionizing Radiation causes the gas around the region to become visible at specific wavelengths.💡🌈
What are the different types of nebulae?
*Diffuse Nebulae: Diffuse Nebulae do not have set boundaries. They can be further divided into Emission and Reflection nebulae, based on how they behave in relation to visible light.
*Dark Nebulae: They are opaque, therefore don’t emit visible light and are not lit up by stars.🌑
These are formed as a result of a Supernova explosion. Cores of stars that have shorter life spans explode, shedding off their outer layers, leaving a compact object (the nebula)🌟
These are formed when a star entering it's
final stages of life -know as the Red Giant Phase- lose their external layers due to helium flashes in their core.💥
Comment down below your favorite nebula!!!🌌✨
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