Angry Birds Nebula (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 21/09/11 12:03 Updated: 20/11/11 10:12

Lambda Centauri Nebula, a cloud of glowing hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus, has been named the Angry Bird by observers who have spotted a bird-like image at its brightest point. Do you see it? Either way, the "Angry Bird" is the latest image from the Wide Field Imager from the European Southern Observatory.

The nebula is 6500 light-years from Earth, and is made up of hot newborn stars formed from clouds of hydrogen gas shine which brightly with ultraviolet light.

The black spots in the photos are another indication that stars are born here. Called Bok globules, they appear dark because they absorb light from the luminous background. Using infrared telescopes, the European Southern Observatory is able to see through the dust, revealing stars forming within them.

If you spot the chicken in the picture, submit your thoughts via the Your ESO Pictures Flickr group.

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