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The Vibrant Universe website is intended as a place to express thoughts, ideas and theories about the universe and how it works, so that we may have a better understanding of our lives and how we are all connected.

About Vibrant Universe

This website began in 2001, evolving through a variety of stages, It included quotes, articles, authors and artists. At one point, this website had over 300 pages.

Around 2006, the quotes section was moved to the Clarity Experiential Self Development website. In January 2011, author reviews were re-published on Vibrant Word.

After 2006, the focus of this website reverted to expressing thoughts and ideas of how the universe operates, the ‘laws’ or rules by which it is believed to be governed, and anything that may help our human minds to better comprehend the incomprehensible.

About Annie Zalezsak

Annie is the author of numerous websites, a list of which can be found at zalezsak.com. To learn more about her website work, please visit Quirky Idea.

For more of a spiritual slant, please also visit Vibrant Message and People in Spirit. For personal development and lifestyle, visit Clarity, Vibrant Word, Clearitual and Snailite.

We also have some of our favourite self development choices from Amazon at each of these three separate Amazon shops:

Vibrant Universe Shop on Amazon.com

Clarity Shop on Amazon.com

Angel Shop on Amazon.com

Reflection Nebula

Reflection Nebula

Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion.

Like fog around a street lamp, a reflection nebula shines only because the light from an embedded source illuminates its dust; the nebula does not emit any visible light of its own. The nebula is famous in astronomical history because the first Herbig-Haro object was discovered immediately adjacent to it (it lies just outside the new Hubble image). Herbig-Haro objects are now known to be jets of gas ejected from very young stars.

The nebula is illuminated by a bright, recently formed star, visible just to the left of center. This star is cataloged as V380 Orionis, and its white color is due to its high surface temperature of about 10,000 degrees Celsius, nearly twice that of our own sun. Its mass is estimated to be 3.5 times that of the sun. The star is so young that it is still surrounded by a cloud of material left over from its formation, here seen as the NGC 1999 reflection nebula.

NGC 1999 shows a remarkable jet-black cloud near its center, located just to the right and lower right of the bright star. This dark cloud is an example of a "Bok globule," named after the late University of Arizona astronomer Bart Bok. The globule is a cold cloud of gas, molecules and cosmic dust, which is so dense it blocks all of the light behind it. The globule is seen silhouetted against the reflection nebula illuminated by V380 Orionis. Astronomers believe that new stars may be forming inside Bok globules, through the contraction of the dust and molecular gas under their own gravity.

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