Hubble Reveals Horsehead Nebula in Unprecedented Detail

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posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 02:37 PM
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As part of its 23rd birthday celebration the Hubble team have released this new image of the Horsehead Nebula viewed at near-infrared wavelengths .

Usually, the thick dust obscures the baby stars forming inside the Horsehead's distinctive pillar, but Hubble's infrared imaging allows the hot stars cocooned inside to be seen. Also, the nebula's outermost 'edge' appears to glow as it is illuminated by a nearby hot star.
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1,500 light-years away and you could almost touch it



This video zooms into part of the sky in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter), showing the new infrared Hubble observations of the Horsehead Nebula (otherwise known as Barnard 33). The video ends on a 3D fly-through of the nebula.



I think the quality of the image is stunning and a testament to Hubble one of Mankind's Greatest achievements



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posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 02:45 PM
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The Herschel Space Telescope also has a image of it also:-

www.bbc.co.uk...


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posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 02:50 PM
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Originally posted by alldaylong
The Herschel Space Telescope also has a image of it also:-

www.bbc.co.uk...


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Great pic.

There's no way there's room for life out there.



posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 02:50 PM
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pic and vid is simply MAJESTIC




posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 02:52 PM
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That is just beautiful beyond words. How does that dust or cloud cover stay put?



posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 03:07 PM
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Astounding! And yet I still can get my head around the idea of an infinite amount of planets out there...drives me crazy to think that you could fly in one direction forever...absolutely astounding...and frustrating....
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posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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Hi antar
That's a good question and to be honest I don't know , I suspect maybe over time they will change shape but with our short lifetimes we don't see it .... Maybe



posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 03:34 PM
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It is impossible to get your head round it mate , Its just to big a concept and place , not sure I accept the infinity argument though , I once heard a mathematician say that Infinity was a mathematicians was of saying I give up .

Ive been looking at the pic in close up and you can see other Galaxies in it too




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posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 07:38 AM
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I'm just glad something other than a Boston thread made it to the front page. No offense, Boston was very sad



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 07:56 AM
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The sheer size of a nebula mostly prevents us from noticing changes within a human lifetime. This page is a nice place to begin to learn about them.



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 08:20 AM
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some great cgi work there.

i wonder what it really looks like.



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 08:29 AM
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Nebula clouds can stretch for light years, LIGHT YEARS in size, fairly mind bending.



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 08:59 AM
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The vid makes it seem you can see the nebula with a good pair of binoculars. Can it be seen with an average telescope (for some reason I never realized it was just to the right of the "bottom" star on Orion's belt).



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 09:06 AM
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One a clear night with a good pair of binoculars it looks like a dullish green blob, still though something different none the less to look at.

If you really want, a good 500 dollar telescope will let you see it, looks like a large winged ethereal cloud, pretty smart.



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 08:09 PM
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Absolutely beautiful. Infinity is a hard concept to wrap your head around, but at the same time it does seem to leave less questions, at least to me anyway. The biggest problem I've always had with a finite universe is that everything that exists is always part of a larger system. If the universe was limited in that sense, wouldn't it have to exist within a larger structure?



posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 09:14 PM
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Absolutely amazing!

In an attempt to grasp the sizes we are looking at...





The Horsehead Nebula alone is just about 5 light years tall.



posted on Apr, 21 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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Originally posted by Tuttle
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One a clear night with a good pair of binoculars it looks like a dullish green blob, still though something different none the less to look at.

If you really want, a good 500 dollar telescope will let you see it, looks like a large winged ethereal cloud, pretty smart.


That's the Orion Nebula you are talking about you wont see the Horsehead Nebula with Binoculars

In the image below Horsehead Nebula on the left, Orion Nebula on the right!




posted on May, 15 2013 @ 09:05 AM
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This Hubble image has been integrated with image data from VISTA telescope into a wider view: apod.nasa.gov...



This is my new desktop wallpaper.





 
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