Star Observatory Spots Ultimate Madoka in Space

Madokami smiles Earth at a distance of 8,000 light-years

NGC 6357 is a nebula near NGC 6334 in the constellation Scorpius, given the name War and Peace Nebula by the Midcourse Space Experiment scientists because, in infrared images, the bright, western part resembles a dove, while the eastern part looks like a skull. Well, otaku stumbled on a pic of it and decided that it looks a whole lot like Madoka Magica's Ultimate Madoka.

 

 

From the Astromony Picture of the Day post on the photo

Massive Stars in NGC 6357 
Credit & CopyrightJohannes Schedler (Panther Observatory)

Explanation: Massive stars lie within NGC 6357, an expansive emission nebula complex some 8,000 light-years away in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. In fact, positioned just below center in this close-up view of NGC 6357, star cluster Pismis 24 includes some of the most massive stars known in the galaxy, stars with over 100 times the mass of the Sun. The nebula's bright central region also contains dusty pillars of molecular gas, likely hiding massive protostars from the prying eyes of optical instruments. Intricate shapes in the nebula are carved by interstellar winds and energetic radiation from the young and newly forming massive stars. This alluring telescopic view spans just under 50 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 6357.

 

 

via Moe Ota-News Sokuhō

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

 

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