Nothing to write about today. I’m just posting a few shots of the Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula about 700 light years from Earth. It’s a popular object for viewing amongst amateur astronomers, for obvious reasons. Some overheated journalists have dubbed it the “God’s Eye Nebula.” Yeah, right. As a result of that attempt to attract eyeballs to their work, said journalists are now responsible for the Internet trolls who promise us redemption and all sorts of healing if we’ll just pray to this imaginary eyeball. Sigh.
Photo credit – NASA – Public Domain
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Photo credit: ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson
Photo credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)
Anyway, I think these are great pictures and I’m providing links where you can get further information and higher resolution copies of them. Enjoy. Image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4.