The Cone Nebula-Astro Picture of the Day

The Cone Nebula (NGC-2264)

The Cone Nebula is found in the constellation of Monoceros and it is a stellar nursery (star forming region) where new stars are born.  It is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. These and other materials come closer to each other due to gravity  over millions of years to form larger masses, which attract further matter, and eventually they become massive enough to form stars. The core of these stars have temperatures of over 10 million °C.  The remaining materials are then believed to form planets, and other planetary system objects.  We had seen  the Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion last winter during the Astro-camp . Some of you were there when we captured a beautiful colour picture of the Orion Nebula using the DSLR attached to the Telescope. The colours are due to the various gases present in the Nebula.

In the case of the Cone nebula radiation from hot stars off the top of the gaseous pillar lights up the cone structure. It is about 2700 light years from earth.
The Cone Nebula (NGC 2264)


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Posted on August 4, 2014, in Astronomy Picture of the Day. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Is there any thing special about the born of any specific nebula? …….sir

  2. So interesting site it is

  3. How are stars formed in nebula sir.

    • Adhyan please read the article, it is explained very clearly how they are formed over billions of years. When hydrogen in the nebula come together due to gravity over billions of years and clump together and when the temperature reaches over 10 million degrees stars are born. The temperature of the stars in the core are in the range of 15 million degrees.

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