The Red Square Nebula (No Relation…)

… to the place in Moscow so I think it should be called the Square Red Nebula. It is officially classified a Symmetric Bipolar Nebula which I am pretty sure has nothing to do with its emotional state.

It should not be confused with the Red Rectangle Nebula.

And no, it isn’t taken with a star filter. It’s a coincidence of its stage of development and relative position to the earth.

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MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Peter Tuthill (Sydney U.) & James Lloyd (Cornell)Explanation: What could cause a nebula to appear square? No one is quite sure. The hot star system known as MWC 922, however, appears to be embedded in a nebula with just such a shape. The featured image combines infrared exposures from the Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar in California, and the Keck-2 Telescope onMauna Kea in Hawaii. A leading progenitor hypothesis for the square nebula is that the central star or stars somehow expelled cones of gas during a late developmental stage. For MWC 922, these cones happen to incorporate nearly right angles and be visible from the sides. Supporting evidence for the cone hypothesis includes radial spokes in the image that might run along the cone walls. Researchers speculate that the cones viewed from another angle would appear similar to the gigantic rings ofsupernova 1987A, possibly indicating that a star in MWC 922 might one day itself explode in a similar supernova.

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