Finding cosmic objects doesn’t represent anything new, but finding some of them that resemble creatures living on Earth is truly amazing. It’s like God is trying to communicate with us in more beautiful ways than we could think about. The planetary nebula NGC 2899 is proving to us that it could be feasible.
The Very Large Telescope from the European Space Observatory (ESO) has spotted the nebula in all its glory and beauty. The object resembles a butterfly very much, which is why it was called the ‘space butterfly’ by scientists from the ESO themselves.
3,000 to 6,500 light-years away from Earth
This is the distance that separates us from the ‘space butterfly’. Therefore, if you’re willing to admire it up-close, just find a way to travel that huge distance within a human lifetime. If not, you can still admire the majestic object below:
The European Southern Observatory itself presents the video in a very reasonable way:
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have imaged a ‘space butterfly’, a planetary nebula known as NGC 2899. This video offers stunning views of this object and the science behind it.
The NGC 2899 nebula is located in the constellation Vela, to be more precise. What’s causing the bright colors of the nebula is an explainable phenomenon. The European Space Observatory reveals in a statement that Ultraviolet radiation illuminates the outer layers of gas that’s revolving around the star.
For those unaware, a planetary nebula means a giant cloud of gas that surrounds a star that’s about to explode pretty soon. The Very Large Telescope used by ESO is a pretty impressive tool, and we could hope that one day it will be capable of capturing images farther away in space. The world needs more advanced tools to see precisely what dwells on exoplanets.