NASA reveals images of giant 'burning' clouds in space

NASA's Spitzer space telescope captured the fiery moment of a giant mass of gas and dust that spanned more than 500 light-years.

Picture 1 of NASA reveals images of giant 'burning' clouds in space
The cloud contains over 10,000 blocks of gas and dust from the Sun.

The bright light of the "Perseus molecular cloud" makes its outer space look like a flame, but is actually "infrared radiation" from the heat dust. The cloud containing more than 10,000 blocks of gas and dust from the Sun has been a topic of interest to astronomers for many years.

"Star clusters, such as the bright spot near the left of the image, produce a lot of infrared light and illuminate the clouds around it, just like the sun illuminates a cloudy sky at sunset." , the space agency said in a statement in December 2019.

According to NASA, most of the gas and dust in the image emit very little visible light, so it is only visible through Spitzer's infrared observatories. Spitzer's multi-purpose photometer (MIPS) has been photographing during astronomers' missions, which have been in place since 2003.

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