The Evolving Universe

Smithsonian Institution

Soul Nebula • W5

W5 image

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Observers: Lori Allen and Xavier Koenig, Havard-Smithsonian CfA

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Newly formed massive stars inside a nebule produce incredibly fast stellar winds that carve out large cavities in cludes. In this image, the oldest stars (blue) are located in the center of the cavities. The youngest stars (pink) can be found along the cavity edges.

  • Distance from Earth: 6500 light years
  • Size: 300 light years
  • Telescope: Spitzer/IRAC
  • Light: Infrared (RGB 24, 8, 3.6 microns)