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December 15, 2011 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-38

Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel

A Hubble Heritage Release
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December 15, 2011: The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, or S106 for short, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. The outstretched "wings" of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against the backdrop of a colder medium. Twin lobes of super-hot gas, glowing blue in this image, stretch outward from the central star. This hot gas creates the "wings" of our angel. A ring of dust and gas orbiting the star acts like a belt, cinching the expanding nebula into an "hourglass" shape.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)