IC 4601 nebula, infrared image

IC 4601 nebula, infrared image

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Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/UCLA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: IC 4601 nebula, infrared image. This nebula is located around 420 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Scorpius. IC 4601 is a reflection nebula, with the gas and dust clouds heating up as they reflect light from nearby stars. When viewed in infrared light, more details of the structure and filaments making up the nebula can be seen than would be shown in visible light. The colours represent infrared light from stars (blue) and from the gas and dust of nebulae (red and green). Green is a warmer temperature than red. This image, published in 2011, was obtained by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

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Keywords: 2011, 21st century, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, dust cloud, galactic, gas cloud, hydrogen, ic 4601, infrared, ir, nebula, nebulae, reflection nebula, scorpius, space, star formation, starbirth, stars, stellar evolution, stellar nursery, universe, wide-field infrared survey explorer, wise

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