Helix Nebula

Photo credit - NASA - Public Domain

Photo credit – NASA – Public Domain

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 – Public Domain

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Photo credit: ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson

Photo credit: ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson

Photo credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)

Photo credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)

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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.

rjb

11 comments for “Helix Nebula

  1. August 26, 2013 at 16:57

    Spectacular colors! Only 700 light years, so close yet so far.

    • August 26, 2013 at 17:19

      Yeah, if we could travel at the speed of light, we’d be there in 700 years. Let’s see, what were we doing 700 years ago . . .

      rjb

      • August 26, 2013 at 19:17

        We were trying to wrest Jerusalem from the Moslems? Or was that earlier?

        • August 26, 2013 at 19:44

          I’m pretty sure there was a lot of wresting going on all over the place.

          rjb

  2. September 2, 2013 at 12:55

    That is freaky… kinda. Hmm so we are being watched by an unseeing nebula. Yeah, that makes sense. Thank you Jim.

  3. September 2, 2013 at 13:09

    Kinda a metaphor for life, the universe and everything, eh?-)

    rjb

  4. September 2, 2013 at 14:05

    Yes. I hear a sprite sigh.;-)

  5. September 2, 2013 at 14:29

    Good to see you active again. I thought you must be away on a Mediterranean cruise.

    rjb

  6. emmylgant
    September 2, 2013 at 15:09

    No cruise. Lots of stuff though and too little fit to print. Hopefully this will change soon.
    Broken seashells everywhere too uggly for the water bearer.
    Hugs

    • September 2, 2013 at 15:35

      If you save up your broken seashells, you can pave your walk with them.-)

      rjb

  7. December 2, 2013 at 06:17

    Enjoyed all the links. We just naturally see faces and eyes in everything.
    Some folks see special images in pancakes and such.

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