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This colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system. Targeting the bright rimmed bedrock knobs, the image also captures the interaction of two distinct types of windblown sediments. Surrounding the bedrock knobs is a network of pale reddish ridges with a complex interlinked morphology.
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The Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars [Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona]
The Milky Way appears to line up with the giant 64-m dish of the radio telescope at Parkes Observatory in Australia. As can be seen from the artificial lights around the telescope, light pollution is not a problem for radio astronomers. Radio and microwave interference is a big issue however, as it masks the faint natural emissions from distant objects in space. For this reason many radio observatories ban mobile phone use on their premises.
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The Milky Way lining up with the 64m radio telescope disc at Parkes Observatory in Australia. | 15 Photos Of The Night Sky That Will Fill You With Awe
.The Royal Observatory Greenwich is pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The Awards will be announced on September 18, 2013, while an exhibition of the winning images will run from September 19 to February 23, 2014. Receiving the Galatic Beam. The Milky Way appears to line up with the giant 64-m dish of the radio telescope at Parkes Observatory in Australia. As can be seen from the artificial lights around the telescope, light pollution is not a problem for radio astronomers. Radio and microwave interference is a big issue however, as it masks the faint natural emissions from distant objects in space. For this reason many radio observatories ban mobile phone use on their premises. Picture: Wayne England
My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack' them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.
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NASA astronaut Don Pettit shot this beautiful long exposure photograph showing star trails and city trails from the International Space Station. The image was created by combining 18 separate long-exposure photographs. Pettit says,
These incredible photos from the International Space Station make Earth look like a video game
Currently on-board the International Space Station, NASA astronaut and Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit, recently uploaded an incredible gallery of star trails to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Flickr page. Speaking about the star trails that result from taking long exposure images (i.e., a photo taken with a slow shutter speed), Petit relayed some [...]
Jets of gas ejected by a newborn star, racing at more than 400.000 miles per hour, stir up an interstellar shock wave.
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Hubble Movies Provide Unprecedented View of Supersonic Jets from Young Stars AUGUST 31, 2011: A team of scientists has collected enough high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope images over a 14-year period to stitch together time-lapse movies of powerful jets ejected from three young stars. The jets, a byproduct of gas accretion around newly forming stars, shoot off at supersonic speeds in opposite directions through space.
Kittinger was in free fall for four minutes, 36 seconds, and accelerated to 614 mph (988 kph), equivalent to Mach 0.9, just shy of the sound barrier. For his grand finale, Baumgartner expects to be in free fall for five minutes, 35 seconds, and achieve Mach 1, or 690 mph (1110 kph). All told, the descent should take 15 to 20 minutes. Above: In this 16 August 1960 photo, US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger steps off a balloon-supported gondola at an altitude of 102,800 feet.
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On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger ascended to the edge of space in a balloons gondola, parachuted back to earth and set the record for highest freefall—one that has stood ever since. But on October 8, daredevil Felix Baumgartner is scheduled to try to break that record by jumping from even higher in the stratosphere. As this drama unfolds, revisit Kittinger’s oft-forgotten leap and learn about the mission that spawned it: Project Excelsior.
Austrian sky diver Felix Baumgartner aims to execute the highest free fall in history. For 52 years that record has been held by U.S. Air Force pilot Joseph Kittinger—shown here. It was August 16, 1960. Kittinger had just uttered "Lord, take care of me now" and stepped out of his open-air, helium-balloon gondola, some 20 miles (31 kilometers) up. Thirteen minutes and 45 seconds later, he had traveled from the edge of space to New Mexico using only a pressurized suit and parachutes.
The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The brightest three stars on the far left are indeed the famous three stars that make up the belt of Orion.
The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The brightest three stars on the far left are indeed the famous three stars that make up the belt of Orion. Just below Alnitak, the lowest of the three belt stars, is the Flame Nebula, glowing with excited hydrogen gas and immersed in filaments of dark brown dus...
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Orion Deep Wide Field: The three bright stars on the left in this image are the stars of Orion’s Belt. Although part of a familiar constellation, a view such as this can never be seen with the naked eye. Only with long exposure time and a sensitive camera can we see the dramatic landscape of glowing gas and dust clouds that lie between the visible stars. This vast region of space includes the famous Orion and Horsehead Nebulae. Rogelio Bernal Andreo was the Winner of the "Deep Space" category..
Astronomy Picture of the Day: 02/03/14 - Orion Nebula Deep Exposure The Orion constellation is a very dynamic section of sky, home to a host of interesting objects. This particular image is a deep exposure of the region of sky around Orion’s Belt. First, the three bright stars you see are the three stars of Orion’s Belt. In this image, the lowest of the stars is Alnitak. Below Alnitak, you can see the Flame Nebula and just to its right you can see the famous Horsehe
Orion in Gas, Dust, and Stars. The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The brightest three stars on the far left are indeed the famous three stars that make up the belt of Orion. Just below Alnitak, the lowest of the three belt stars, is the Flame Nebula, glowing with excited hydrogen gas and immersed in filaments of dark brown dust. Below the frame center and just to the right of Alnitak lies the Horsehead Nebula, a dark indentation of dense dust that has perhaps the most recognized nebular shapes on the sky. On the upper right lies M42, the Orion Nebula, an energetic caldron of tumultuous gas, visible to the unaided eye, that is giving birth to a new open cluster of stars. Immediately to the left of M42 is a prominent bluish reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man that houses many bright blue stars. The above image, a digitally stitched composite taken over several nights, covers an area with objects that are roughly 1,500 light years away and spans about 75 light years. apod.nasa.gov/... (Feb 12, 2012)
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#3 Orion's Belt Orion is one of the most recognized constellations in the night sky; it can be seen from around the world. In this constell...
High-energy radiation and atomic oxygen wreak havoc on satellite parts. To evaluate the durability of materials being developed for future satellites, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is running samples through a space-based torture test called MISSE-8. Astronauts bolted a platform full of one-inch samples of mirror coatings, laser-tuning crystals, structural foam and other materials to the outside of the International Space Station, where it will remain for just over two years. The samples, which were sent to the ISS on one of the last space shuttle flights, in May, will return to Earth in July 2013 on the SpaceX Dragon capsule. Scientists from the labs that made each sample will examine them for pitting, cracks and discoloration.
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On 19 October 2009, the team who built the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, better known as HARPS, the spectrograph for ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope, reported on the incredible discovery of some 32 new exoplanets, cementing HARPS’s position as the world’s foremost exoplanet hunter. One of these is surrounding the star Gliese 667 C, which belongs to a triple system. The 6 Earth-mass exoplanet circulates around its low-mass host star at a distance equal to only 1/20th of the Earth-Sun distance. The host star is a companion to two other low-mass stars, which are seen here in the distance.
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More planets discovered outside solar system - An additional 715 planets outside our solar system have been identified by astronomers using data from the Kepler space telescope. NASA says that boosts the overall tally to nearly 1,700. A few are potentially habitable.
Intelligent Alien Life Could Be Found by 2040 This exoplanet orbits the star Gliese 667 C, which belongs to a triple system. The six Earth-mass exoplanet circulates around its low-mass host star at a distance equal to only 1/20th of the Earth-Sun distance. The host star is a companion to two other low-mass stars, which are seen here in the distance.
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NASA's GRAIL mission has beamed back its first video of the far side of the moon. The imagery was taken on Jan. 19 by the MoonKAM aboard the mission's "Ebb" spacecraft. In the video, the north pole of the moon is visible at the top of the screen as the spacecraft flies toward the lunar south pole. One of the first prominent geological features seen on the lower third of the moon is the Mare Orientale, a 560-mile-wide (900 kilometer) impact basin that straddles both the moon's near and far side. To view the 30-second video clip, visit: go.nasa.gov/...
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Best Space Photos of the Week - Feb. 4, 2012 | Space Photography & Space Images | Astronomy Photos & Top Space Photos | Space.com
Dark side of the Moon photos and video. NOT Pink Floyd
One of NASA’s twin GRAIL spacecrafts has captured a video of Moon’s far side for the first time. Earth’s tidal forces have slowed down Moon’s rotation so that it always presents one side to us. The other side, although receiving as much light as the front side, is called the far (or, more poetically, dark) side of the Moon, notably giving the name to one of Pink Floyd’s most successful albums.
Over the weekend, the Earth's magnetic field was struck by a coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME — a vast bubble of solar plasma that had erupted from the sun on Jan. 19 — took longer than expected to travel through interplanetary space, but on Sunday it made contact.
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Northern Lights above Grotfjord, Norway. On the bucket list for sure.
(Took shape of the Eagle, I think).... A spectacular 'coronal mass ejection' following a solar flare has caused magnetic storms to create spectacular northern lights (Jan 2012)
Massive solar storms sparked intense Northern Lights displays for skywatchers at high latitudes - Is this photo-shopped? The eagle in this photo is just too clear for it not to be!
Aurora Borealis as viewed from Tromso, Norway, caused by a solar storm. Photo by Bjorn Jorgensen.
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The largest telescope ever built at the Pole, the instrument measures cosmic microwave background radiation, which is heat left over from the big bang that now permeates the universe. Patches of hot, electrically charged gas from big galaxy clusters can cause distortions in this radiation. By detecting these disturbances, the telescope can identify previously unseen galaxy clusters that exist in the deep universe. The telescope has already found more than 200 galaxy clusters, including the biggest galaxy cluster ever discovered, according to the National Science Foundation.
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The first direct evidence of the Big Bang and cosmic inflation announced
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A chromolithograph of the planet Jupiter, observed Nov. 1, 1880, at 9:30 p.m. The piece of art reveals Jupiter's Great Red Spot, akin to a hurricane on Earth, which has been raging on the planet for hundreds of years.
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Amazing space illustrations by the French Victorian era artist Etienne L. Trouvelot.
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Jovial JupiterCredit: E.L. Trouvelot, New York Public Library. A chromolithograph of the planet Jupiter, observed Nov. 1, 1880, at 9:30 p.m. The piece of art reveals Jupiter's Great Red Spot, akin to a hurricane on Earth, which has been raging on the planet for hundreds of years.
Trouvelot – French artist (1827 – 1895), fled to America with his family in 1852. In the 1870′s he became interested in astronomy and used his artistic skills to produced many illustrations. This was pre-wide spread photography so Trouvelot was able to illustrate what was the cutting edge science of the time. He worked mainly in pastels and charcoal, procucing extremely precice, clear images. He even did some of his own observation.
Moon MareCredit: E.L. Trouvelot, New York Public LibraryMare Humorum is a small circular mare, spanning about 275 miles (443 kilometers), on the near side of the moon. Shown here is Trouvelot's artwork of the mare based on a study in 1875. It is about 275 miles across. The mountains around the mare mark the edge of an old impact basin, according to NASA.
A chromolithograph of Mare Humorum. From a study made in 1875.
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The Moon’s Mare Humorum, or Sea of Moisture, as observed by French astronomer, amateur entomologist, and artist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot in 1875. Though he spent his latter years producing thousands of astronomical illustrations, M. Trouvelot is more (in)famous for his role in accidentally introducing the European gypsy moth to North America. In the late 1860s he imported gypsy moth eggs to his home in Medford, Massachusetts, intending to cross-breed silk-producing moths with the disease
Mare Humorum, from The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings is a series of large format chromolithographic reproductions of astronomical illustrations by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, 1872.
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Mare Humorum. From a study made in 1875. Illustration by French artist-astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot. (New York Public Library) (1881-1882)
Amazing Astronomy: Victorian-Era Illustrations of the Heavens - Moon Mare
Huge loops of plasma—superheated, charged gas—rise from an active region on the sun in a newly released picture from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Each loop is as tall as several Earths stacked on top of each other.
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Huge loops of plasma—superheated, charged gas—rise from an active region on the sun in a newly released picture from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Each loop is as tall as several Earths stacked on top of each other. The plasma loops trace the sun’s otherwise invisible magnetic field lines, which rise from the star’s magnetically active regions—the starting points for huge eruptions of radiation known as solar flares.
| NASA Wavelength Digital Library: Solar week March & October, students can interact with scientists studying the sun. Plans for each day. Great opportunity for kids to get in on real time activities.
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New Study: History of Early Solar System - The early days of our solar system might look quite different than previously thought. #mywatergallery
Magnetic loop structures in the corona of the Sun. The loops highlight the Sun's magnetic field and are visible because they support the dense, million degree gas typical of the corona. (photo from NASA)
An infrared image reveals clouds of dust swaddling the stars of the Seven Sisters cluster, also known as the Pleiades. The cluster, located some 400 light-years away, formed about 100 million years ago. It contains thousands of stars but gets its name from seven of its brightest members.
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The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, is a conspicuous object in the night sky with a prominent place in ancient mythology. The cluster contains hundreds of stars, of which only a handful are commonly visible to the unaided eye. The stars in the Pleiades are thought to have formed together around 100 million years ago, making them 1/50th the age of our sun, and they lie some 130 parsecs (425 light years) away.
The Merope Nebula and surrounding nebulosity in Pleiades, taken by the Spitzer space telescope. Distance 440 light-years (130 parsecs). Constellation Taurus. The Merope Nebula is a diffuse reflection nebula, possibly a supernova remnant, in the Pleiades star cluster, surrounding the 4th magnitude star Merope. It was discovered on October 19, 1859 by the German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel.
APTOPIX Pleiades The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, is seen in a new infrared image made by the Spitzer Space Telescope and released by NASA. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, located more than 400 light-years away in the Taurus constellation. ~ Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden ~ facebook link
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What's going on in the center of this spiral galaxy? Named the Sombrero Galaxy for its hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane and a bright halo of stars and globular clusters. Reasons for the Sombrero's hat-like appearance include an unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close
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HubbleSite - Picture Album. Sombrero Galaxy This is a spiral galaxy seen nearly edge-on. The dark band across the center is the result of material in the flat disk of the galaxy obscuring the light of stars and gas behind it. The glowing bulge holds a population of stars largely different from those in the flat disk. More on site.
Mind-Blowing Photos Of Space From The Hubble Telescope -- The Sombrero galaxy, with stars in a pancake-shaped disk along with a glowing central bulge of stars. (Reuters / NASA)
APOD: 2011 May 15 - The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble
On May 19th, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view of the Sun sinking below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol’s data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam’s 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and 430-nanometer color filters. This filter combination generates false-color images that are similar to what a human would see, but with the colors slightly exaggerated.
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At about 100 meters from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Challenger, Bruce McCandless II was further out than anyone had ever been before. Guided by a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), astronaut McCandless, pictured above, was floating free in space. McCandless and fellow NASA astronaut Robert Stewart were the first to experience such an "untethered space walk" during Space Shuttle mission 41-B in 1984. The MMU works by shooting jets of nitrogen and has since been used to help deploy and retrieve satellites. With a mass over 140 kilograms, an MMU is heavy on Earth, but, like everything, is weightless when drifting in orbit. The MMU was replaced with the SAFER backpack propulsion unit.
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Kepler Supernova Remnant. Four hundred years ago, before the invention of the telescope, astronomers were amazed by the appearance of a new star. It soon dimmed to invisibility, but they noted its location in the sky. Later astronomers, with the aid of telescopes, found at the location of the new star a nebulous cloud of glowing gas (image above). The developing theory of nuclear-powered stars led them to believe the cloud was a spherical shell of gas blown away by an exploding star.
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Supernovae: Image of a supernova remnant.| Supernovae are the most dynamic and energetic events in our Universe. During a supernova event, enough light is released is outshine an entire galaxy of billions of stars. As these events have been studied, it has been determined that there exist two different types of supernovae, each with their own particular characteristics and dynamics.
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The Beautiful Universe A supernova (pl. supernovae) is a stellar explosion which produces an extremely bright object made of plasma that declines to invisibility over weeks or months. A supernova briefly outshines its entire host galaxy. It would take 10 billion years for the Sun to produce the energy output of an ordinary Type II supernova. Stars beneath the Chandrasekhar limit , such as the Sun, are too light to ever become supernovae and will evolve into white dwarfs
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A train trip on the Trans-Siberian railway to Novosibirsk resulted in this stunning view along the edge of the Sun recorded during the August 1st total solar eclipse. The picture is a composite of two images taken at special moments in the eclipse sequence, corresponding to the very beginning and the very end of the total eclipse phase. Those times are known to eclipse chasers as 2nd and 3rd contact. Bright beads around the Moon's dark silhouette are rays of sunlight shining through lunar valleys at the edge of the lunar disk. But the composite view also captures solar prominences, looping structures of hot plasma suspended in magnetic fields, extending beyond the Sun's edge.
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M74: The Perfect Spiral. If not perfect, then this spiral galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic. An island universe of about 100 billion stars, 32 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view
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M74 Spiral Galaxy: If not perfect, then this spiral galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic. An island universe of about 100 billion stars, 32 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view. Classified as an Sc galaxy, the grand design of M74's graceful spiral arms are traced by bright blue star clusters and dark cosmic dust lanes. From $7 Text: APOD - See more at: http://www.skyimagelab.com/m74-perfect-spiral.html#sthash.HPqLzDBm.dpuf
Spiral Galaxy...this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the nearby spiral galaxy M74. Bright knots of glowing gas light up the spiral arms, indicating a rich environment of star formation.
The Orion Nebula, M42, is only 1,500 light-years away. It offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula's energetic stars have blown away obscuring dust clouds
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The Orion Nebula, M42, is only 1,500 light-years away. It offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula's energetic stars have blown away obscuring dust clouds (HST)
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anniversary image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope bubbly ocean of glowing hydrogen, oxygen, sulphur gas in extremely massive luminous molecular nebula Messier 17. Hubble photo captures a small region within Messier 17 (M17), a hotbed of star formation. M17 also known as the Omega or Swan Nebula located about 5500 light-years away in the Sagittarius constellation. Thirteenth anniversary of Hubble's launch on 24 April 1990.
Like the fury of a raging sea, this anniversary image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a bubbly ocean of glowing hydrogen, oxygen, and sulphur gas in the extremely massive and luminous molecular nebula Messier 17. This Hubble photograph captures a small region within Messier 17 (M17), a hotbed of star formation. M17, also known as the Omega or Swan Nebula, is located about 5500 light-years away in the Sagittarius constellation. The release of this image commemorates the thirteenth anniversary of Hubble's launch on 24 April 1990. The wave-like patterns of gas have been sculpted and illuminated by a torrent of ultraviolet radiation from young, massive stars (which lie outside the picture to the upper left). The glow of these patterns highlights the 3D structure of the gases. The ultraviolet radiation is carving and heating the surfaces of cold hydrogen gas clouds. The warmed surfaces glow orange and red in this image. The intense heat and pressure cause some material to stream away from the surface, creating the glowing veil of even hotter green-coloured gas that masks background structures. The pressure on the tips of the waves may trigger new star formation within them. The image, roughly 3 light-years across, was taken on 29-30 May 1999, with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The colours in the image represent various gases. Red represents sulphur; green, hydrogen; and blue, oxygen.
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A bubbly ocean of glowing hydrogen gas and small amounts of other elements such as oxygen and sulfur in outer space creates this beautiful image. The photograph was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on May 29-30, 1999
bubbly ocean of glowing hydrogen gas and small amounts of other elements such as oxygen and sulfur. The photograph, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on May 29-30, 1999, captures a small region within M17, a hotbed of star formation. M17, also known as the Omega or Swan Nebula, is located about 5,500 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. The image was released to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of Hubble's launch on April 24, 1990.
A Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases in the Omega/Swan Nebula (M17) - Hubble telescope photo
Astronomy, Space Travel, and Our Coming Hurdles: Nebulae: Art of the Cosmos
The Cone Nebula