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

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Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories.
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11 Responses to Helix Nebula

  1. Laird Smith says:

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

  2. emmylgant says:

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

  3. arjaybe says:

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

    rjb

  4. emmylgant says:

    Yes. I hear a sprite sigh.;-)

  5. arjaybe says:

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

    rjb

  6. emmylgant says:

    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

  7. mixedupmeme says:

    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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