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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion Nebula: The Hubble View
| July 15, 2012
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Posted on 07/15/2012 2:41:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula. Also known as M42, the nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1,500 light-years away. The Orion Nebula 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 gas and dust clouds that would otherwise block our view - providing an intimate look at a range of ongoing stages of starbirth and evolution. This detailed image of the Orion Nebula is the sharpest ever, constructed using data from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys and the European Southern Observatory's La Silla 2.2 meter telescope. The mosaic contains a billion pixels at full resolution and reveals about 3,000 stars.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; falsecolor; orionnebula; science
posted on 07/15/2012 2:41:28 PM PDT
To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
posted on 07/15/2012 2:44:22 PM PDT
posted on 07/15/2012 2:45:43 PM PDT
(What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
I like attention to detail. That is a very cool pic.
posted on 07/15/2012 2:48:53 PM PDT
(MY PET TAPEWORM OBIWAN IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
Awesome, it reminds me of oil on water.
posted on 07/15/2012 3:12:37 PM PDT
(The truth will out, one day.)
posted on 07/15/2012 3:13:08 PM PDT
by the invisib1e hand
(America has enemies. And friends.)
posted on 07/15/2012 3:41:24 PM PDT
I see boobies! Hey, if you can see a cat.
posted on 07/15/2012 3:57:20 PM PDT
posted on 07/15/2012 4:05:40 PM PDT
posted on 07/15/2012 4:52:12 PM PDT
(One who commands, must obey.)
I continue to maintain that there is nothing like seeing it for yourself on a cold clear, and dark, winter night. The Orion Nebula is easily seen with the naked eye, and is unmatched by any other object using a low power instrument.
posted on 07/15/2012 5:19:23 PM PDT
posted on 07/15/2012 6:24:25 PM PDT
To: dr_lew; cripplecreek; bigheadfred; moose07; the invisib1e hand; mikrofon; WSGilcrest; SuziQ; ...
I wholeheartedly agree, wow/beautiful/etc.
And thanks dr_lew!
posted on 07/15/2012 6:41:28 PM PDT
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