Space zombie eye on you? Check out this scary NASA photo of Helix Nebula

  • NASA has shared the image of a giant spooky zombie eye-like image of Helix Nebula that is guaranteed to give you the chills.

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| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 21:30 IST
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A space zombie eye is watching you, says NASA. This Helix Nebula will definitely scare you before it awes you! (NASA)
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A space zombie eye is watching you, says NASA. This Helix Nebula will definitely scare you before it awes you! (NASA)

A space zombie eye is watching you, says NASA. It will definitely scare you before it awes you! A NASA photo that was shared recently shows the remains of a dying star. And it has come exactly when people across the world were celebrating Halloween week. Space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) added to the celebrations by sharing this spooky giant eye-shaped image. NASA took to its Twitter handle to share the image of a well-studied Helix Nebula which is the spooky remains of a dying star and shows infrared radiation.

While sharing the eerie Spitzer Space telescope image of the Helix Nebula, which is 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, NASA tweeted. “The two-light-year diameter shroud of dust and gas around a central white dwarf, is an example of a planetary nebula, one of the final stages in the evolution of a Sun-like star. The dust makes this cosmic eye gleam red.”

While sharing about the history of Helix Nebula's cosmic creation, NASA explained, “The nebular material was ejected from the star many thousands of years ago, the close-in dust could be generated by collisions in a reservoir of objects, like our own solar system's Kuiper Belt or cometary Oort cloud. Formed in the distant planetary system, the comet-like bodies have otherwise survived the dramatic late stages of the star's evolution.”

What are the Nebulae?

Nebulae are basically the enormous clouds of gas and dust in space that can be the birthplace of stars, known as “stellar nurseries” or sometimes the place of their demise ― and sometimes both.

It primarily consists of the two gases - hydrogen and helium and fine cosmic dust. These clouds are part of the interstellar medium, which consists of extremely low-density gas and dust that exists between stars in the void of space, material that can have a density as low as 0.1 atoms per cubic centimeter due to its dispersion throughout the cosmos.

Talking about the formation of Nebulae, it forms in places where the interstellar medium has enough density to form clouds. This could be possible due to gravity, which might have pulled all the gas and dust together or as mentioned earlier because of the death of a star which emits its particles into space.

NASA's Halloween Vibe!

NASA timed the release of the photo to perfection and gave a chance to everyone to celebrate Halloween in style. The recent pictures of Nebula were shared by the agency on Twitter with a caption that reads, “This space zombie has its eye on you!”

Not just this but NASA's center in Silicon Valley had changed its name to “NASAhhh!! Ames” to keep the Halloween spirit alive among its followers. In the related images of ghost look-like Nebula shared by NASA, they have used #NASAHalloween. NASA promised to share more Nebula pictures throughout November.

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First Published Date: 04 Nov, 11:43 IST
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