From Earth to the Universe: Picture of the day


IRIS NEBULA

Sometimes called the Iris Nebula because of its flowering shape, this object is located in the constellation Cepheus (the king). The glowing nebula is caused by light from the central star reflecting off dust particles left over from when the star was formed.

Credit: R. Jay GaBany.

In 2009, the "From Earth to the Universe" project brought astronomy to millions of people around the world. Take a tour of just some of the locations in a short video on the FETTU Highlights page.