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IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius 
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Olsen
Explanation: Why does this starfield photograph resemble an impressionistic painting? The effect is created not by digital trickery but by large amounts of interstellar dust. Dust, minute globs rich in carbon and similar in size to cigarette smoke, frequently starts in the outer atmospheres of large, cool, evolved stars. The dust is dispersed as the star dies and grows as things stick to it in the interstellar medium. Dense dust clouds are opaque to visible light and can completely hide background stars. For less dense clouds, the capacity of dust to preferentially reflect blue starlight becomes important, effectively blooming the stars blue light out and marking the surrounding dust. Nebular gas emissions, typically brightest in red light, can combine to form areas seemingly created on an artist’s canvas. Photographed above is the central part of the nebula IC 4603 surrounding the bright star SAO 184376 (actually 8th magnitude) which mostly illuminates the blue reflection nebula. IC 4603 can be seen near the very bright star Antares (1st magnitude) toward the constellation of Ophiuchus.

thenewenlightenmentage:

IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius 

Image Credit & CopyrightRolf Olsen

Explanation: Why does this starfield photograph resemble an impressionistic painting? The effect is created not by digital trickery but by large amounts of interstellar dust. Dust, minute globs rich in carbon and similar in size to cigarette smoke, frequently starts in the outer atmospheres of large, cool, evolved stars. The dust is dispersed as the star dies and grows as things stick to it in the interstellar medium. Dense dust clouds are opaque to visible light and can completely hide background stars. For less dense clouds, the capacity of dust to preferentially reflect blue starlight becomes important, effectively blooming the stars blue light out and marking the surrounding dust. Nebular gas emissions, typically brightest in red light, can combine to form areas seemingly created on an artist’s canvas. Photographed above is the central part of the nebula IC 4603 surrounding the bright star SAO 184376 (actually 8th magnitude) which mostly illuminates the blue reflection nebulaIC 4603 can be seen near the very bright star Antares (1st magnitude) toward the constellation of Ophiuchus.

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itscolossal:

A Multi-Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady [VIDEO]
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spaceplasma:

Mysterious disk of blue stars around M31’s black hole

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have identified the source of a mysterious blue light surrounding a supermassive black hole in our neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy (M31).

The blue light is coming from a disk of hot, young stars. These stars are whipping around the black hole in much the same way as planets in our solar system are revolving around the Sun. Astronomers are perplexed about how the pancake-shaped disk of stars could form so close to a giant black hole. In such a hostile environment, the black hole’s tidal forces should tear matter apart, making it difficult for gas and dust to collapse and form stars.

Credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon (STScI)

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#m31 #andromeda #space #science #astronomy 

"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.”

-Douglas Adams

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B612 Impact Video 4-20-14 

This video shows all of the astroid impacts between 2000-2013. Including one that was measured at 600 kilotons of energy, keeping in mind that the atomic bomb that destroyed the city of Hiroshima was only 15 kilotons…

@3 months ago
#astroids #science #sciencenews #news #hiroshima #astronomy 

thenewenlightenmentage:

Best of 2013!

January

February

March

April

May

June

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September

October

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#science #astronomy #dark matter #black holes #galaxies #news #2013 #stars #higgs boson #milky way #solar system 
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sagansense:

For all of you photographers out there - professional or amateur - here’s a wonderfully informative article via the-science-llama on the how-to’s and what-not’s of photographing meteor showers. And for all who are interested, you’ll want to gear up, because 2014 will be quite a cosmically eventful year, filled with many sights to see and falling debris to capture…behind a camera lens, that is.

sagansense:

For all of you photographers out there - professional or amateur - here’s a wonderfully informative article via the-science-llama on the how-to’s and what-not’s of photographing meteor showers. And for all who are interested, you’ll want to gear up, because 2014 will be quite a cosmically eventful year, filled with many sights to see and falling debris to capture…behind a camera lens, that is.

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ssv-normandy:

when people casually mention something you’re completely obsessed with and it takes every fuckin ounce of your self control not to propel yourself into the stars and scream for the rest of eternity about how much you love the thing

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At the fractures of the first second after the big bang.
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At the fractures of the first second after the big bang.

Fariedesign | Society6 | Facebook

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#fact #north star #astronomy 

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#moon #moon phases #astronomy 
thenewenlightenmentage:

IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius 
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Olsen
Explanation: Why does this starfield photograph resemble an impressionistic painting? The effect is created not by digital trickery but by large amounts of interstellar dust. Dust, minute globs rich in carbon and similar in size to cigarette smoke, frequently starts in the outer atmospheres of large, cool, evolved stars. The dust is dispersed as the star dies and grows as things stick to it in the interstellar medium. Dense dust clouds are opaque to visible light and can completely hide background stars. For less dense clouds, the capacity of dust to preferentially reflect blue starlight becomes important, effectively blooming the stars blue light out and marking the surrounding dust. Nebular gas emissions, typically brightest in red light, can combine to form areas seemingly created on an artist’s canvas. Photographed above is the central part of the nebula IC 4603 surrounding the bright star SAO 184376 (actually 8th magnitude) which mostly illuminates the blue reflection nebula. IC 4603 can be seen near the very bright star Antares (1st magnitude) toward the constellation of Ophiuchus.
1 week ago
#nebula #astronomy #space 

ssv-normandy:

when people casually mention something you’re completely obsessed with and it takes every fuckin ounce of your self control not to propel yourself into the stars and scream for the rest of eternity about how much you love the thing

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1 month ago
#space #Carl Sagan #astronomy #andromeda #science 
itscolossal:

A Multi-Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady [VIDEO]
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#space #gif #stars #earth #universe #astronomy 
1 month ago
#science #fact #space #astronomy #news 
1 month ago
#m31 #andromeda #space #science #astronomy 
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1 month ago
#space #quote #astronomy #nebula 
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#Space #astronomy #galaxy #universe 
B612 Impact Video 4-20-14→

This video shows all of the astroid impacts between 2000-2013. Including one that was measured at 600 kilotons of energy, keeping in mind that the atomic bomb that destroyed the city of Hiroshima was only 15 kilotons…

3 months ago
#astroids #science #sciencenews #news #hiroshima #astronomy 


At the fractures of the first second after the big bang.
Fariedesign | Society6 | Facebook 

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#big bang #art #illustration #science #astrophysics #astronomy 
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did-you-kno:

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#fact #north star #astronomy 
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#moon #earth #humans #astronomy #art 
7 months ago
#moon #moon phases #astronomy 
sagansense:

For all of you photographers out there - professional or amateur - here’s a wonderfully informative article via the-science-llama on the how-to’s and what-not’s of photographing meteor showers. And for all who are interested, you’ll want to gear up, because 2014 will be quite a cosmically eventful year, filled with many sights to see and falling debris to capture…behind a camera lens, that is.
7 months ago
#photography #astrophotography #science #info #meteors #meteor showers #astronomy