Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula
Posted on 10/05/2012 4:40:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: A mere seven hundred light years from Earth, in the constellation Aquarius, a sun-like star is dying. Its last few thousand years have produced the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), a well studied and nearby example of a Planetary Nebula, typical of this final phase of stellar evolution. A total of 58 hours of exposure time have gone in to creating this deep view of the nebula. Accumulating narrow band data from emission lines of hydrogen atoms in red and oxygen atoms in blue-green hues, it shows remarkable details of the Helix's brighter inner region, about 3 light-years across, but also follows fainter outer halo features that give the nebula a span of well over six light-years. The white dot at the Helix's center is this Planetary Nebula's hot, central star. A simple looking nebula at first glance, the Helix is now understood to have a surprisingly complex geometry.
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[Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh]
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“A simple looking nebula”.....Hey! NASA! We don’t talk like that anymore. Now, we call them Challenged Nebula. Filthy, stinkin’ bigots.
Ima thinking they had it right in the original writing. Moslems aren't bigots. They just got it a bit skewed when they translated it from arabic to English.
Bump this one too.
THe eye of GOD?
I don’t care if they did get screwed when they were translating this. Sex is no excuse for bigotry! But it is an excuse for missing work.