The Witch Head Nebula. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

The ‘Screaming’ Witch Head Nebula Is Brewing Baby Stars

A witch appears to be eerily screaming into the void of space in this image from NASA showing the Witch Head Nebula brewing up baby stars.

The Witch Head Nebula, also known as IC 2118, is a reflection nebula believed to be the remnant of an ancient supernova or a gas cloud. It is located approximately 900 light-years away in the Orion constellation.

“Astronomers say the billowy clouds of the nebula, where baby stars are brewing, are being lit up by massive stars,” according to NASA’s image description.

Dust in the cloud is being illuminated up by starlight causing it to glow in infrared as seen in this image from NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. The Witch Head Nebula got its name, as you might have guessed, from its striking resemblance to the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.