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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble
NASA ^ | April 22, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 04/22/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: While drifting through the cosmos, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud became sculpted by stellar winds and radiation to assume a recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is embedded in the vast and complex Orion Nebula (M42). A potentially rewarding but difficult object to view personally with a small telescope, the above gorgeously detailed image was recently taken in infrared light by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope in honor of the 23rd anniversary of Hubble's launch. The dark molecular cloud, roughly 1,500 light years distant, is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is seen above primarily because it is backlit by the nearby massive star Sigma Orionis. The Horsehead Nebula will slowly shift its apparent shape over the next few million years and will eventually be destroyed by the high energy starlight.

April 22, 2013

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; cool; horseheadnebula; hst; m42; nebula; nebulas; orionnebula; science; sigmaorionis
[Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA)]

1 posted on 04/22/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
I love me some nebula -- here's the big version.

2 posted on 04/22/2013 6:17:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for posting this.

I saw the picture on APOD last night.

Isn’t it just beautiful ?


3 posted on 04/22/2013 6:19:28 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is some incredible resolution.


4 posted on 04/22/2013 6:20:02 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv

One of the Very BEST!

Thanks, Sunky!


5 posted on 04/22/2013 6:22:11 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: bigheadfred

I’m guessing they use a high pass filter in post processing to bring out the texture.


6 posted on 04/22/2013 6:23:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I think they use magic.


7 posted on 04/22/2013 6:26:09 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv

And to think that there are educated people who are *convinced* that there’s no God.


8 posted on 04/22/2013 6:27:30 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Digital sensors on cameras let us see amazing thing nowadays.


9 posted on 04/22/2013 6:57:46 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s gonna be gone in a few million years? Eh......Cher will probably still be around.


10 posted on 04/22/2013 7:08:47 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

It looks like Jar Jar Binks


11 posted on 04/22/2013 7:09:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv

12 posted on 04/22/2013 7:12:16 PM PDT by mikrofon (APOD Bump)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ethereal

Thanks, ‘Civ.


13 posted on 04/22/2013 7:18:01 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: SunkenCiv

WOW!
Thanks so much!


14 posted on 04/22/2013 7:21:18 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SunkenCiv

that is just plain creepy looking, especially the fleshy color. my imagination is going 4-goose bozo sci-fi crazy.


15 posted on 04/22/2013 7:31:17 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“Canst thou....loose the bands of Orion?” Job 38:31


16 posted on 04/22/2013 7:43:21 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: SunkenCiv

17 posted on 04/22/2013 8:54:02 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin is smiling from hell)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bizarre. Amazing! Beautiful.


18 posted on 04/22/2013 8:59:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: Slyfox

Well done, Slyfox. That thought ran through my head. Baby nebula.

life

Magnificent

BUMP!


19 posted on 04/23/2013 4:48:13 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: SunkenCiv

Saw this one through a buddy’s 22 inch Obsession scope.

It didn’t look like that.

Telescope-wise, this is a really big sucker!


20 posted on 04/23/2013 7:41:57 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian
From telescope to microscope.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 8:40:34 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SunkenCiv
I also like this larger view.


22 posted on 04/23/2013 8:42:59 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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