The Mystic Mountain
As children (Who am I kidding? As adults, too) we all have daydreams about traveling to far-off fantasy lands, to be among people and creatures out of our imaginations. Typically, these places we picture look nothing like Earth’s environment, and instead take on forms crazier and more adventurous than anything real.
As usual, the vast arena of the universe allows us to glimpse places like this, which exist in all directions at all times, just waiting to be discovered (and hopefully, some day, visited).
Gaze longingly into the shining glory of the Mystic Mountain. 7,500 light years from Earth, in the constellation Carina, this three-light-year high cloud of gas and dust juts upward, illuminating the trillions of surrounding miles with its brilliant array of colors. But this illumination comes at a twofold cost. Surrounded as it is by stars, their energy bombards the Mountain in high-powered blasts. Inside its bulk, newborn stars coalesce out of the material and destroy it from within. Outward into space, they shoot enormous gas jets that wrap out and around like rippling streamers.
It is unknown, therefore, how long the Mountain will stand before, like mountains of Earth, it is whittled away by its unique environment. For now, we can look at it, and be reminded that our universe enjoys fantasy as much as we do.
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