1/09/2006

A New View

Sorta of looks like a giant eye, doesn't it?


Picture is from Space.com




The Helix Nebula gets a new look in this Spitzer Space Telescope view released today.

This image, released today at the 207th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington D.C., offers a new portrait of the Helix Nebula.

While named after its apparent coil structure, previous studies have shown it consists of two vast disks of gas arranged almost perpendicular to each other. The Helix Nebula sits about 650 light-years from Earth toward the constellation Aquarius.


You can read the rest about this beautiful nebula at Space.com.

8 Comments:

Blogger FIAR said...

That is cool.

4:58 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

Very cool.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

I love how mystical that shot feels.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Is that the one they call "the eye of God" ?

http://images.google.com.au/images?q=the+eye+of+god&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images

It sure is a magnificent picture. I wonder whats out there.........

4:38 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther,

It's beautiful.

patrick,

According to Space.com, it's called the Helix Nebula.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

patrick,

I did a little more research. NASA has never referred to it as the eye of god. A composite of pictures of the Helix Nebula has made the e-mail circuit by that name.
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_eye_of_god.htm

The photo in the post was taken from the Spitzer Telescope and was recently released by the American Astronomical Society.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

It sure is a great pic....Thanks for doing my work for me!

4:24 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

patrick,

You're welcome and it is a great pic.

4:59 AM  

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