21 Jan '13, 6am

Manatee In Space, New Image Of Manatee Nebula Taken

Manatee In Space, New Image Of Manatee Nebula Taken

A beautiful new image has been just been captured of the recently named Manatee Nebula. The photo, taken by the Very Large Array radio telescope network in New Mexico, closely resembles the way manatees look when in one of their favorite positions, floating on their backs with their fins across their bellies. The nebula was only very recently named, before that it was known as W50. The name was given with the intention of driving more attention to the highly endangered species . The primary threat that manatees face is from being injured/killed by motorboats, which happens very commonly in the areas they live in throughout the greater Gulf of Mexico. “Manatees are endangered, in part because boat propellers often cut deep gashes into the herbivores’ sides, injuring or killing many manatees every year. The nebula, too, bears streaky scars carved out by particles in the two ...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2013/01/21/manatee-in-space-new-ima...

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