Feeds

'Angry Bird in the Sky' spotted by astronomers

Glowing red space chicken features in 'scope snap

A new approach to endpoint data protection

Pic Astronomers peering through a mighty telescope in Chile have produced this stunning snap of the Lambda Centauri Nebula, also known as the "Running Chicken Nebula":

The Lambda Centauri Nebula. Credit: ESO

Spot the birdie. Larger version here.

The Reg received this as part of an announcement from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), headed "an angry bird in the sky". The pic was snapped by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory high in the Chilean mountains. It offers a wider view than other previous images of the nebula produced by such instruments as the Hubble Space Telescope.

Readers may be interested to note that the black objects in the upper right corner are a type of space object known as Bok globules, these ones in particular being dubbed Thackeray's globules after their 1950s discoverer. They are clouds of dark interstellar dust, often in the process of collapsing to form new stars.

The pic release comes as part of the ESO's "Cosmic Gems" series, designed to highlight the wonders of astronomy to the public. You can submit your idea on just where the chicken/bird outline lies via an ESO Flickr feed, here - various interesting prizes are on offer for the winners. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?