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2013's Best and Most Beautiful Photos of the Universe
Bad Astronomy Via Slate ^ | December 23, 2013 | Phil Platt

Posted on 12/23/2013 11:57:19 AM PST by lbryce

I love astronomy. I have my whole life. Part of that is the wonder and awe it generates, learning about the Universe and our place in it.

But of course, there is great beauty in the skies as well. From our nearest neighbors to the most distant galaxies, the cosmos is a wonder to behold. Every year I collect my favorite pictures—chosen both for their beauty and their importance to science—and put them together in a gallery to delight your brain (you’ll find links to previous galleries at the end of this article). Picking only a few is always a herculean task, but I hope the ones on this list affect you the same way they did me.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy
KEYWORDS: 2013review; astronomy; science; universe; wonders
The Universe, the infinite realm of unimaginable beauty, ceasless wonder that is God's handiwork.

Make sure you click on the "Higher-resolution Photo Original Blog Post" link that accompanies each image.

1 posted on 12/23/2013 11:57:19 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

bkmark


2 posted on 12/23/2013 12:02:26 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: lbryce
The Universe, the infinite realm of unimaginable beauty, ceasless wonder that is God's handiwork.

Nah, didn't you hear? It's just a random collection of "stuff".

3 posted on 12/23/2013 12:03:57 PM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: lbryce

Bookmark


4 posted on 12/23/2013 12:05:24 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: lbryce

5 posted on 12/23/2013 12:12:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: lbryce
. . . Missed one.... Merry Christmas
6 posted on 12/23/2013 12:13:19 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: lbryce
Here's my favorite!


7 posted on 12/23/2013 12:15:00 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Turbo Pig

God breathed the stars into the heavens. It was a simple task for Him. Our sun is a speck in the sky compared to the stars Betelgeuse and Canis Majoris. We cannot wrap our heads around how big He is!!!


8 posted on 12/23/2013 12:15:18 PM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: lbryce

9 posted on 12/23/2013 12:18:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: lbryce

The universe is one beautiful place. By the way whenever I see your post I’m thinking Bryce Fractals which are really cool and remind me of astronomical pictures.


10 posted on 12/23/2013 12:20:58 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
LOL. What is that the "Flip The Bird Nebula"?

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11 posted on 12/23/2013 12:21:59 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: lbryce

ping ping ping


12 posted on 12/23/2013 12:25:51 PM PST by jetson (THE)
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To: lbryce

http://www.flixxy.com/hubble-ultra-deep-field-3d.htm


13 posted on 12/23/2013 12:26:31 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
I recall hearing that the beautiful picture that was taken of the Eagle Nebula by the Hubble is now a photo of what it used to look like.

The original photo shows a star about to go nova...so the huge nebula of gas and dust would have been obliterated by now.

14 posted on 12/23/2013 12:31:50 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority...")
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To: lbryce

Aren’t most of those beautiful “pictures” actually false color?


15 posted on 12/23/2013 12:35:35 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I actually posted an article within the last few months that addresses the really strange aspect of how the “pillars of creation” as they were called had already vanished when at the very moment we were first being astounded by it all. The huge distances involved and the limitations on the speed in which light can travel created the strange set of circumstances of what we were observing at the moment was not even there anymore.


16 posted on 12/23/2013 12:44:37 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Yo-Yo

Yes, I believe so.


17 posted on 12/23/2013 12:45:23 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Actually EVERYTHING you see is how it used to look. Some of it looks like it did a fraction of a second ago and in the case of the Eagle Nebula what we see happened about 7000 years ago. I’m in awe every time I look into the night sky and realize I’m looking back in time! We’ll never know what the universe currently looks like because the scale only allows us to see what it did look like. Truly mind boggling.


18 posted on 12/23/2013 12:50:18 PM PST by 762X51
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To: 762X51
EVERYTHING you see is how it used to look. Some of it looks like it did a fraction of a second ago

And of course those "some" things would be anything within 186,000 miles, as that is how far light travels in a second. It takes light about 1-1/4 seconds to get to us from the moon. Of the 8 planets, Venus gets the closest at 23-25 million miles (when it is between the Sun and Earth). That's about 2 light minutes. The nearest star, outside of the Sun, is about 50 trillion miles, or 4-1/3 light years away. The Sun, at around 93 million miles, is 8 light minutes from Earth.

19 posted on 12/23/2013 1:15:12 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Yo-Yo
Aren’t most of those beautiful “pictures” actually false color?

Each color of light represents a specific frequency of the electromagnetic spectrum. In some of these cases the color is real but intensified to allow us to see them, as they are impossibly faint to the naked eye or even through a telescope. In other cases, totally false colors must be added in order to display any image at all. This is usually when the image is in frequencies other than normal optical light. Frequencies such as Radio, Ultraviolet, Infrared, Gamma, etc.

20 posted on 12/23/2013 1:21:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: lbryce
And to think that there are astronomers...ASTRONOMERS...who are *convinced* that there's no God.
21 posted on 12/23/2013 1:24:21 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Yo-Yo

...some pictures are long exposure shots where the colors that ARE actually there build up over time and become visible. Others images are composite photos.


22 posted on 12/23/2013 1:26:20 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

No actually EVERYTHING, at ANY distance, that we see happened the past whether it’s 186,000 miles away (appears one second in the past) 93,000 miles away (half a second in the past) or right in front of our faces (infinitesimal fraction of a second in the past.) ANY object we “see” is because light traveled from somewhere and it took some amount of time to travel to our retina and what our brain tells us we see happened at some time in the past, whether the duration is unbelievably small and recent like the image you’re reading on your monitor or billions of years in the past like some of the stars you see when you peer into the night sky.


23 posted on 12/23/2013 1:46:10 PM PST by 762X51
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To: 762X51

I was just clarifying for others what you said about some objects appearing as they were “fractions of a second ago”. These objects would obviously have to be within 186,000 miles for the light to take less than a second to reach us (light of course travels at 186,000 miles per sec). I understand they could be within 2 or 3 feet, or 2 or 3 inches. I’m not so sure what happens at the level of atomic particles though. Quantum reality is extremely weird.


24 posted on 12/23/2013 2:05:59 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: 762X51; ETL

If you wanna get all accurate about it, many of these objects never actually existed as pictured. Since they are likely very large, the period of time it takes for the image to get here would be different for various parts of the image. In other words, pixel A could be seconds, minutes, days or more older than pixel B.


25 posted on 12/23/2013 2:13:22 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Excellent and intelligent point. Our own Milky Way, for example, as I’m sure you know, is roughly 100,000 light years across.


26 posted on 12/23/2013 2:20:43 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Then again, why is it that distant galaxies, many of which are larger than our 100,000-light-year-wide Milky Way, appear so well structured from our perspective? Shouldn’t the far side be a bit ‘off’ from the near side since activity there is potentially 100,000 years separated from the other? Or is 100,000 years a “mere bag of shells” in the galactic scheme of things?


27 posted on 12/23/2013 2:40:20 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
A Flip-the Bird Cactus


28 posted on 12/23/2013 3:08:55 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our PRE-EXISTING HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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continuing...our Sun takes approximately 250 million years to go once around the Milky Way. So I guess, seen from a great distance, there might not be much visible difference between the near side and far side.


29 posted on 12/23/2013 3:12:07 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Slyfox

Lol. At least your cactus is for real.


30 posted on 12/23/2013 3:13:07 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

“Quantum reality is extremely weird.”

That must be what takes place in my wife’s car. The thing has already hit the car in the past before she even sees it.


31 posted on 12/23/2013 3:15:13 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: lbryce; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; ...

Thanks lbryce, extra to APoD.


32 posted on 12/23/2013 5:04:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: lbryce

You know I have been on the internet a long time when everytime I follow nature photos I expect to see the goatse nebula.


33 posted on 12/23/2013 5:06:45 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic

Perish the thought!


34 posted on 12/23/2013 5:56:09 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Vendome

Merry Christmas and a wonderful, Happy New Year to you and all the fine folks at the Vendome household, as well as to all my fellow FReepers!


35 posted on 12/23/2013 7:19:09 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

Go outside, look up, and (day or night) consider that ALL that light is hitting your eyeball right now. The amount of information reaching you is absolutely staggering.


36 posted on 12/23/2013 7:30:29 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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