Hubble telescope sees a space 'snowman' thousands of light-years away

Hubble telescope sees a space 'snowman' thousands of light-years away

A new release from the Hubble telescope's vast archive shares an incredible space "snowman" filled with glowing gas. The image shows the Snowman Nebula, which is a cloud of gas and dust in deep space. The Hubble Space Telescope's sharp eyes picked up the object from a distance of 6,000 light-years away, and rendered the image in a time exposure since the glow of the gas is very faint. "Emission nebulas are diffuse clouds of gas that have become so charged by the energy of nearby massive stars that they glow with their own light," NASA said in a statement about the new image. Related: The best Hubble Space Telescope images of all time! "The radiation from these massive stars strips electrons from the nebula's hydrogen atoms in a process …
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