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10 dazzling images from the WISE telescope

Jan. 3, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
WISE image of Running Chicken Nebula

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

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Running chicken nebula

In the fourth photo released by NASA, the running chicken nebula, also known as nebula IC 2944 or Lambda Centauri, is shown.

Located 5,800 light-years from Earth in the Centaurus constellation, this nebula is a stellar nursery of new star clusters born from a cloud 8 million years ago. The green ring structure near the center of the image is about 77 light-years across.