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Mystic Mountain

Mystic Mountain
April 23, 2010, 11:27:09 PM


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This brand new Hubble photo is of a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. The scene is reminiscent of Hubble's classic "Pillars of Creation" photo from 1995, but is even more striking in appearance. The image captures the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.

http://www.hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/13/

Majestic.

Re: Mystic Mountain
April 23, 2010, 11:37:31 PM
It's 100% real?

Re: Mystic Mountain
April 24, 2010, 12:19:16 AM
Looks like it should be on the side of of a hippie van.



Re: Mystic Mountain
April 24, 2010, 12:42:30 AM
Far out.

Re: Mystic Mountain
April 24, 2010, 02:59:45 AM
Wow, that is really neat. Thanks for posting.

Re: Mystic Mountain
April 24, 2010, 03:33:21 AM
This reminds me, I need to take a trip up to Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. It's supposed to be a very dark, secluded location with very little light pollution.

This is awesome. Cool post.

NHA

Re: Mystic Mountain
April 24, 2010, 04:36:21 PM
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The colors in Hubble images, which are assigned for various reasons, aren't always what we'd see if we were able to visit the imaged objects in a spacecraft. We often use color as a tool, whether it is to enhance an object's detail or to visualize what ordinarily could never be seen by the human eye.

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/behind_the_pictures/meaning_of_color/index.php

Re: Mystic Mountain
April 25, 2010, 01:08:48 AM
Obviously it's color enhanced, but they still stick with the original wavelength. They're just cranking up the kelvin and contrast channels for the most part. But the structure itself is unmodified. I know Saturn and Jupiter are seen in photos as very color enhanced as well. Through a small telescope from the ground the few details (rings and cloud bands respectively) are overwhelmingly brilliant white, with mild grey and yellow for each object. Their many moons only appear as teeny weeny specks of silvery grains around them.

Re: Mystic Mountain
May 28, 2010, 12:47:02 AM


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Gas released by a dying star races across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour, forming the delicate shape of a celestial butterfly. This nebula is also known as NGC 6302 or the Bug Nebula.
http://hubblesite.org/gallery/wallpaper/pr2009025f/