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Hubble: Horsehead Nebula in infrared

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#1 DocM


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 18:44


This new Hubble image, captured and released to celebrate the telescope’s 23rd year in orbit, shows part of the sky in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33.

This image shows the region in infrared light, which has longer wavelengths than visible light and can pierce through the dusty material that usually obscures the nebula’s inner regions. The result is a rather ethereal and fragile-looking structure, made of delicate folds of gas — very different to the nebula’s appearance in visible light.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 18:56

Would be nice to see a shot of how it looks like in visible light for those of us who have no idea.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:21

awesome! it almost looks 3D

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:41

Would be nice to see a shot of how it looks like in visible light for those of us who have no idea.


There ya go.

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#5 Raze


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:42

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 22:51

Saw NASA posted this on their FB page the other day, beautiful.

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