Galaxy Ankle Socks

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  • Purple, pink, and white sublimation ankle socks featuring a portion of the Horsehead Nebula.
    These stellar socks are sure to show off the star you've grown to be!

    Ankle cut sublimation socks
    Ribbed strech band at top, seamed toe.
    Handmade in Chicago, IL USA.
    Do not put in dryer.
    100% polyester.
    Unisex sizing: One Size Fits Most
    Women's shoe size 4-12
    Men's shoe size 6-13
    7.5" L X 3" W

    Did you know...

    The Horsehead Nebula is about 1500 light years away in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. From our perspective here on Earth, this swirling cloud of dust and gases takes on the appearence of a horse's head beautifully backlit by a red or pink glow. This glow is the result of hydrogen gas behind "horse head" being ionized by the nearby star, Sigma Orionis. The Horse Head Nebula is part of what of a "stellar nursery" or a "star-forming region" where, as the name suggests, star formation is taking place. (...Bet our puns seem a tiny bit funnier now.)

    At Lowell Observatory, scientists aim to learn more about star-forming regions like the Horsehead Nebula by studing dwarf galaxies:

    Little galaxies pose big questions. The smallest, faintest galaxies are the building blocks of larger galaxies like the Milky Way, being frequently torn apart or devoured by their giant parents.

    Lowell astronomer Deidre Hunter and her colleagues have made observations of these galaxies that conflict with prevailing theories. These theories suggest that no stars should form when the gas from the parent galaxy — the gas that provides the building blocks for star formation — is too tenuous. Yet, Deidre has found evidence of star-forming regions in these small galaxies despite observations of insubstantial gas.

    The Lowell Observatory's Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) will address these questions. What’s wrong with the models? Is something helping to catalyze star formation on the outer edge of galaxies unexpectedly? Where do galaxies “end” and how do stars form at galactic edges? The DCT’s wide-field, ultra-deep imaging will allow us to closely inspect the distribution of stars and gas in the sparse regions of dwarf galaxies. Combined with spectroscopic observations to reveal the motions of the same stars and gas, we can better understand the structure and evolution of tiny galaxies. The implications of these observations go beyond just small galaxies; they also examine how more massive galaxies originated.
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