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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Infared Portrait: Zeta Ophiuchi

Photo of Star in Infrared Wavelength
Zeta Ophiuchi

 Zeta Ophiuchi Bow Shock

The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is having a "shocking" effect on the surrounding dust clouds in this infrared

 image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 
Like a ship plowing through still waters, the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is speeding through space, making waves in the dust ahead. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a dramatic, infrared portrait of these glowing waves, also known as a bow shock.

Astronomers theorize...

Astronomers theorize that this star was once sitting pretty next to a companion star even heftier than itself...

Full Article Published on Astronomy Website.

NASA Space Photos of Zeta Ophiuchi
WISE image of Zeta OPhiuchi

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