Oo! Look at the (Astro) Pretties!

Why yes, I am quoting Kaylee.

I was going to include this gorgeous image in with a recent Discovery post, but it had nothing to do with the actual story. So, here it is for you to ogle…

Click for hugeness

This ghostly image of the Orion Nebula was taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope in the infrared after the spacecraft had run out of coolant. So, some of the longer wavelength channels no longer work, but the telescope is still allowing astronomers to do amazing science and take breath-taking pictures. This famous nebula is home to nascent stars, dark and dusty clouds, and a whole host of interesting chemical reactions involving the dust and the gas.

Just more of the universe that you can see when you use “invisible light!”

2 comments for “Oo! Look at the (Astro) Pretties!

  1. February 10, 2011 at 08:54

    Oh, that is gorgeous!

  2. February 17, 2011 at 20:32

    Ah,yes.The Medusa Cascade.I went there when I was just a kid,90 years old.It was the center of a rift in time and space.Oh well!*pats TARDIS console*Allons-y!

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