Picture of the day - February 12, 2009
Planetary Nebula NGC 2818
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A quick glance at today's picture might lead you to believe that the
"photographer" was standing on planet earth looking up into the
heavens through an opening in some of the most ominous-looking
clouds you have ever seen, but in reality those clouds are actually
IN the heavens - a whopping 10,000 light years away from us in fact!
What you're looking at is NGC 2818, one of the most
spectacular planetary nebulae in the known universe. The amazing
Hubble Space Telescope captured a number of images of NCG 2818
through a set of narrow band filters, each of which displays the
nebula's various gases in a specific color. The resulting composite
of those images is the intriguing image featured above.
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
The beauty of the universe is truly spectacular.
Name: Beth Roberts
Town: Cedar Bluff, IA
You're absolutely right Mr. Rouse. The first time I looked at the
photo I thought I was peering through a break in the clouds, but the
bright stars scattered around the picture should have been a clue
that that wasn't the case. Amazing image.
Name: Hugo Moreno
Town: Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)
Name: Henry Tillotson
Town: San Diego, CA
I agree - quite intriguing indeed. Great photograph today Mr. Rouse.
The Hubble sure is an amazing "photographer"!
Name: Stanley Sharpe
Town: Eagle River, WI
What an image you have chosen for today's picture Mr. Rouse! It
gives us a rare "close-up" view of one of God's most beautiful and
interesting creations. There is a lot more to our universe than the
earth, moon and stars that we are all accustomed to seeing with our
naked eyes, and thanks to this wonderful site and a few others we're
getting to see more and more of it all the time. Keep up the good
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