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IRAS 05437+2502
Nebula (星雲)

星座 (Constellation)
おうし座 (Tau) (Taurus)

IRAS 05437+2502 is a nebula in the constellation Taurus.

IRAS 05437+2502 (Nebula) : Picture

IRAS 05437+2502
IRAS 05437+2502: An Enigmatic Star Cloud from Hubble
(C) ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL), NASA
What's lighting up nebula IRAS 05437+2502? No one is sure. Particularly enigmatic is the bright upside-down V that defines the upper edge of this floating mountain of interstellar dust, visible near the image center. In general, this ghost-like nebula involves a small star forming region filled with dark dust that was first noted in images taken by the IRAS satellite in infrared light in 1983. Shown above is a spectacular, recently released image from the Hubble Space Telescope that, although showing many new details, has not uncovered a clear cause of the bright sharp arc. One hypothesis holds that the glowing arc was created by a massive star that somehow attained a high velocity and has now left the nebula. Small, faint IRAS 05437+2502 spans only 1/18th of a full moon toward the constellation of Taurus.

IRAS 05437+2502
IRAS 05437+2502
(C) ESA, Hubble, NASA
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