1/15/2006

Rainbow Tornado

The Spitzer Space Telescope is providing a unique look at space. Some of the images that it has captured are breath taking. The latest one captures what looks like a rainbow tornado in space that is .3 light years long.


Photo from MSNBC




According to the MSNBC article, the formation is known as a Herbig-Haro object. These objects are formed when highly energized particles are ejected from a young star and then collide with interstellar dust and gas. The shape of this one is unique. They usually look like the wake of a speeding boat.

Cool and beautiful things lurk in the heavens.

8 Comments:

Blogger BLOGBANK said...

Incredible image and a tribute to the engineers who made it possible.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

blogbank,

It is an incredible image and a testament to the work of engineers and scientists.

6:11 PM  
Blogger MissingLink said...

...and a testament to the work of engineers and scientists.

And a pretyy picture as well.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

All of the above!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

What i wouldn't give to be Captain Kirk....Crusin through space blowin shit up and havin fun with willing alien ladies.
I think these pictures are fantastic, what an amazing universe we live in.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

patrick,

Tsk, tsk. Better to be Picard and enjoy the show without blowing everything up!

It is an amazing universe!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

Stunning. And better to be sitting next to Picard, enjoying all the sights. :)

10:14 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther,

Picard is the more debonair of the two!:)

10:28 AM  

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