CG4: The Globule and the Galaxy
Can a gas cloud eat a galaxy? It's not even close

The featured image shows a distant galaxy on the left next to a
gas cloud on the right. An opening in the gas cloud is on the same side
as the galaxy.
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.
Can a gas cloud eat a galaxy?

It’s not even close.

The “claw” of this odd looking “creature” in the
featured photo is a gas cloud known as a
cometary globule.

This globule, however,
has ruptured.

Cometary globules
are typically characterized by
dusty heads and
elongated tails.

These features cause cometary
to have visual similarities to
but in reality they are very much different.

Globules are frequently the birthplaces of stars,
and many show very young
stars in their heads.

The reason for the rupture in the head of
this object is not yet known.

The galaxy
to the left of the globule is huge, very far in the distance, and only placed near
CG4 by
chance superposition.


CG4: The Globule and the Galaxy