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Posted: 4/13/2007 4:48:31 AM EDT
Hubble telescope's top ten greatest space photographs. Try putting this stuff in perspective!!!  The scale alone is enough to scramble your mind.

Thought you Arfcommers might like a little astronomy:

The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth -  was voted best
picture taken by the Hubble telescope.  The dimensions of the galaxy,
officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance.  It has 800
billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.


The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3,  
resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes.  The nebula
lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth.


In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, called Eskimo because   it looks like a
face surrounded by a furry hood.  The hood is, in fact, a ring o f
comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star.  Eskimo is 5,000 light
years from Earth.


At four is the Cat's Eye Nebul


The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a
pinched-in-the-middle look because the winds that shape it are weaker at
the centre.


In sixth place is the Cone Nebula.  The part pictured here is 2.5 light
years in length   (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).


The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula,  5,500 light years
away, described as 'a bubbly oc ean of hydrogen?and small amounts of
oxygen, sulphur and other elements'.


Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh
painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.


The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling
cores of two merging galaxies   called   NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the
distant Canis Major constellation.


The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is
where new stars are being born.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:52:47 AM EDT
Fascinating and scary at the same time.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:52:55 AM EDT

Quoted:


Thought you Arfcommers might like a little astrology:





*claws eyes out*

*makes note to work on my child's education with him every night when he comes home from school.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:55:58 AM EDT

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Quoted:


Thought you Arfcommers might like a little astrology:





*claws eyes out*

*makes note to work on my child's education with him every night when he comes home from school.


You know he meant astronomy
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:56:55 AM EDT
The physics and size of the Universe defies any sort of comprehension.  Those pictures are awsome.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:57:19 AM EDT
Ive always like the hubble shot of 'Hoag's Object'.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:58:25 AM EDT
Awesome, aren't they?

Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:59:53 AM EDT
Incredible.

I love how pictures like these put our world in to perspective.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:01:57 AM EDT
Know what's scary!  I'm an Athiest and I see Jesus in a few of those pics and maybe one or two devils!  I have to get back to my shrink!
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:02:49 AM EDT
Thankyou for posting those. If Hubble's photos are this good, just imagine how good its replacement will be!
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:04:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:07:50 AM EDT

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Incredible.

I love how pictures like these put our world in to perspective.


+1 We are a spec of dust.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:14:00 AM EDT

Quoted:
Hubble telescope's top ten greatest space photographs.

Thought you Arfcommers might like a little astrology:

The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth -  was voted best
picture taken by the Hubble telescope.  The dimensions of the galaxy,
officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance.  It has 800
billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.
img.photobucket.com/albums/v734/Hokie1850/SomberoGalaxy.jpg


Im gonna go with, "how many inhabited worlds for $eleventy billion" Alex.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:29:45 AM EDT
Incredible photos.

It's a shame that in our own little minds, many of us view life on Earth as the end all, be all achievement in all of space.

To cling to that notion, when what we can see from our extremely limited view things such as these photos, I am at a loss as to how anyone can still rationalize our self importance.

Sure, on Earth we real important...but in the grand scheme of things...a snow flake in a snow storm.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:31:55 AM EDT
Starry Night is just incredible.  Awesome.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:36:22 AM EDT
I just wish I could live in a time of deep space travel.

Oh well, maybe in my next few lives.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:43:06 AM EDT
That is just incredible. All that, and yet God still remembered to create us and the AR15!
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:44:27 AM EDT

Quoted:
Hubble telescope's top ten greatest space photographs.

Thought you Arfcommers might like a little astrologyASTRONOMY:



There fixed it for you. Unless you plan on reading us our horoscopes.

Pmc
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:47:28 AM EDT
wow. just wow.  what are the super huge brights int eh middle of galaxy's.  does each galaxy have a huge sun as hte solar systems do?
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:48:56 AM EDT

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I just wish I could live in a time of deep space travel.


You and me both.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:54:47 AM EDT

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I just wish I could live in a time of deep space travel.


You and me both.


That would be sweet
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:56:28 AM EDT
God's art work
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 5:58:44 AM EDT

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wow. just wow.  what are the super huge brights int eh middle of galaxy's.


Cluster of stars.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:00:22 AM EDT

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wow. just wow.  what are the super huge brights int eh middle of galaxy's.  does each galaxy have a huge sun as hte solar systems do?


millions of stars, densely packed.  Kinda like fog, or a cloud, looks solid from a distance but if you get close you realize that it is made of of a bunch of tiny particels.  Only in galaxies instead of drops of moisture, you have stars.

Nearly every galaxy, or more likely all of them, has a central gravity well though.  But we cant see em because they are black holes.  black holes of millions of solar masses.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:00:30 AM EDT
That is cool!
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:00:45 AM EDT
Thanks for posting these.  They are spectacular!
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:02:18 AM EDT
YA! There's NO GOD!
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:36:31 AM EDT
My uncle is one of the astronomers for the Hubble telescope at Goddard-took the picture for the ring nebula postage stamp and had a brief appearance on CNN about ten years ago.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:45:07 AM EDT
And where are all the alien pics?


Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:54:21 AM EDT
The aliens shoot down from lightening bolts dumb ass, you cant see em
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 4:25:34 PM EDT
bump for the Friday night crew
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:19:29 PM EDT
God`s art gallery.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:57:50 PM EDT
Great pictures, very humbling.

I think it is pretty stupid to think that all of this was created without divine intervention.  I also think it is extremely vain to think that our planet is the only one with intelligent life.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 6:59:38 PM EDT
Those are amazing.  "800 billion suns".
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:03:56 PM EDT
Any higher res?
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:06:00 PM EDT

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Any higher res?


nope, I left the link at work.....that'll have to wait till Tuesday but I'm sure these photos can be found in higher res somewhere else.  

It'd make for some wicked desktop wallpaper.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:13:52 PM EDT
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/


Click on the pic on the page to get a high res pic. Pics from many different sources some as impressive at these, some not. New pic everyday. There is also an archive. I regularly change my desktop to whatever they have, and save the ones I don't set as my desktop for later


By the wat there is a very cool pic up now but will change at midnight EST


Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:16:05 PM EDT

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Great pictures, very humbling.

I think it is pretty stupid to think that all of this was created without divine intervention.  I also think it is extremely vain to think that our planet is the only one with intelligent life.


It is also very ignorant to think that pics like these prove that there was any sort of divine intervention.


ETA: but this topic is for a different thread
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:29:49 PM EDT
That is mind blowing... Awsome post dude.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:40:23 PM EDT

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Any higher res?




It'd make for some wicked desktop wallpaper.


Thats what I was hoping for.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:43:06 PM EDT
That's awesome.



I need more beer.

Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:48:50 PM EDT
Fascinating
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:54:08 PM EDT
Thanks for sharing

Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:56:22 PM EDT

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I just wish I could live in a time of deep space travel.

Oh well, maybe in my next few lives.


That is until you find a species that has existed for around 500 million years before man, who then decides to enslave our race forcing us to toil in their underground sugar caves.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 7:58:04 PM EDT
where does space end?
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 8:00:52 PM EDT

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Incredible.

I love how pictures like these put our world in to perspective.


+1 We are a spec of dust.


And some people will insist that earth holds the only intelligent life in the universe
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 8:05:01 PM EDT

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Incredible.

I love how pictures like these put our world in to perspective.


+1 We are a spec of dust.



And yet...all the heavier elements that are in our bodies occurred in supernovae in previous steller generations.   We are literally made of star stuff.  Every atom of iron in your blood most likely was created within the mass of a dying star in its final moments of existence as a star,  or in the supernova explosion that occurred shortly thereafter.


That is an awesome thought.  

Through this enormous universe,  scientists estimate that somewhere, a supernova goes off once a minute on average.


CJ
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 8:38:55 PM EDT

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wow. just wow.  what are the super huge brights int eh middle of galaxy's.  does each galaxy have a huge sun as hte solar systems do?


chapperjoe, it is believed that a super-massive black hole is at the center of most galaxies, even our own.  I believe I read that this has been all but proven.  The extreme brightness at the galactic core is due to the close proximity of so many stars which have been atttracted to and are orbiting or collapsing into the central black hole.

Here' s one thing that I find freaky.  The motion of the stars in the outer arms of galaxies is not explainable based upon the gravitational attraction of the known (observable) mass of the stars in the galaxy.  

There is something else out here which we have not yet been observed.  Whatever it is, it makes up 90% of the mass of the universe - NINETY PERCENT!!!!  That's right, we have not yet observed something that constitutes 90% of the known universe.  You can see its effects on the motion of stars and galaxies but you can't see IT.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 8:45:50 PM EDT

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where does space end?


That my friend is an extremely difficult questions that nobody knows the answer to.  There are theroys about it, but how can we really be certain that any are correct?

Is the universe closed?  If so, whats outside the universe?  Are they other universes?  Even if we found the answer to one of these questions, will only create more questions, wich will be even harder to answer.

Do a google seach about it, you will find more information about it than you probably want.
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 8:46:36 PM EDT
Check out the hst starbirth photos from 1995
Link Posted: 4/13/2007 8:48:27 PM EDT
Truthfully, I dont think it does end.............


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Quoted:
where does space end?


That my friend is an extremely difficult questions that nobody knows the answer to.  There are theroys about it, but how can we really be certain that any are correct?

Is the universe closed?  If so, whats outside the universe?  Are they other universes?  Even if we found the answer to one of these questions, will only create more questions, wich will be even harder to answer.

Do a google seach about it, you will find more information about it than you probably want.
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