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The sharpest image ever taken of the spiral galaxy M81

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posted on Dec, 2 2007 @ 11:24 PM
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Its a picture taken by the Hubble space telescope. The sharpest image ever taken of the large "grand design" spiral galaxy M81 was released 9. June 2007 at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. A spiral-shaped system of stars, dust, and gas clouds, the galaxy's arms wind all the way down into the nucleus. Though the galaxy is located 11.6 million light-years away, the Hubble Space Telescope's view is so sharp that it can resolve individual stars, along with open star clusters, globular star clusters, and even glowing regions of fluorescent gas. The Hubble data was taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys in 2004 through 2006. This color composite was assembled from images taken in blue, visible, and infrared light.

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Warning! Massive file! 22620x15200p (706mb)

Spiral Galaxy M81 (706MB)

Click here for smaller version of the same picture (6.2 MB)

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posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 02:18 AM
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Absolutely mesmerizing.

I could stare at this for hours and hours. The center of the galaxy is so bright it even hurt my eyes a little bit.

Fantastic find


How anyone could think Earth is the only inhabitated planet is far beyond me.

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posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 02:22 AM
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wow! that's a fantastic picture. I've never seen a picture like that before. not even in my astronomy class. thank you!!!



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 08:25 AM
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Amazing photograph!
Thats going on my desktop right now.

How can anyone think we are alone in the universe?



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 08:32 AM
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Starred..


I'm going to add it to my list of..

"PICTURES TO LOOK AT IF YOU THINK YOU'RE IMPORTANT"


I hope some aliens have got pics like this of ours so we can do a swap.



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 11:45 AM
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Whoa.
Absolutly amazing!

Star for you, pal!



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 02:43 PM
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Awesomely beautiful. The grandeur of the universe can be overwhelming.

Now think of the fact that 99.99999% of the non-M81 objects you see in the image are other galaxies.



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 03:44 PM
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nice on the 700 meg tiff! (downloading now)
will make for a nice look-see at 1:1.

thanks!



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 03:50 PM
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Wow. That is awesome.
I wonder what it would look like hooking it up to the big screen TV?



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posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:01 PM
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hmmmm

Look at this...found in the lower right hand corner


here (just enlarged - no edit):



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:04 PM
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Some more up close images....very cool things out there





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posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:07 PM
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Originally posted by ben420
How anyone could think Earth is the only inhabitated planet is far beyond me.


Well, I looked pretty close at that picture, and I didn't see any E.T.s in it anywhere. Either you got better eyes than I do, or a more vivid imagination.

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posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:22 PM
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This makes you feel great to be alive. Great post Enceladus.

Flag it folks! 4 flags is pitiful and it will never get on the main page.



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:23 PM
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I like! It's so humbling seeing something like that. We are so tiny it's unbelievable.

There has to be millions, billions maybe more other civilizations out there. and hear we are, stuck on this tiny little grain of sand arguing over bits of the grain of sand and the black stuff inside it. It's quite sad really



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:37 PM
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Originally posted by Nohup

Originally posted by ben420
How anyone could think Earth is the only inhabitated planet is far beyond me.


Well, I looked pretty close at that picture, and I didn't see any E.T.s in it anywhere. Either you got better eyes than I do, or a more vivid imagination.

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I pity such a close minded individual.

Assuming that Earth is the only inhabitated planet out of trillions of planets is extremely arrogant. But I value your opinion, no matter how narrow minded.

Edited to fix those pesky grammar errors

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posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:52 PM
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My computer was friggin smoking after loading this MOFO



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:55 PM
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does anyone have any idea what this could be??




posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 04:59 PM
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Can't wait till I get the big one downloaded. These kinds of pictures are the reason I want to be an astronomer. It just makes you feel so insignificant when you consider the scale of it. Kinda like the thing in the Hitchkikers Guide, the Total Perspective Vortex.



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 05:03 PM
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OMG! It's a speeding UFO!

Seriously, maybe it's a nebula with remnants of a supernova. When that thing went off, there was a jet of matter ejected.



posted on Dec, 3 2007 @ 05:05 PM
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LOL!
Well, I wasnt really thinking that. LOL

I dont know a lot about all the space matter out there. I just thought it was a cool thing floating around in space!



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