You might laugh at the idea of ghosts in space and the world of theories about non-Earthly beings floating around our universe. But this time the conspiracy theorists might be right as a few happy snaps of the universe show some freaky and supernatural things…
If evidence was ever needed of ghosts and strange beings in space, this would be it. At the same time, there’s a pretty good scientific explanation behind the ghost-like orbs. These photos were released last year from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and are actually images of planetary nebulae in infrared light. These are stars at their last stage of life and they’re running out of fuel (this occurs millions to billions of years after the star has formed). After the sun’s supply of hydrogen in the core is gone, the body develops into giant red stars called ‘red giants’. The red giants eject their outer layers which then expand. It is this process that causes the floating material to glow and have a strange, supernatural presence.
C’mon. This totally looks like something right out X-files. But while you might mistake the above photo for being a pink ghost, it is actually the image of the coldest place in the universe. If you like cold weather the nebula is a brisk -272°C (which is even colder than the afterglow of the Big Bang). This nebula is in the constellation Centaurus and is approximately 5,000 light years away. The interstellar cloud of dust and gas is called the Boomerang Nebula (it was originally thought to have a boomerang, rather than ghostly shape) and was taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
And here’s an older pic of the nebula in a false-colour recorded image from 1988:
And check out this scary looking, ghost-like space pumpkin! The picture is an X-Ray photo of the Perseus cluster, which is a cluster of thousands of galaxies, immersed in multimillion degree heat and is one of the most massive objects in the universe. The colours show the heat intensity on the X-rays, with the white area being the hottest.
And this photo from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sun is one smiley dude!