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Ooooh, pretty:

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This new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows baby stars sprouting in the backwoods of a galaxy - a relatively desolate region of space more than 100,000 light-years from the galaxy's bustling center.

The striking image, a composite of ultraviolet data from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and radio data from the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array in New Mexico, shows the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, also known simply as M83.

In the new view, the main spiral, or stellar, disk of M83 looks like a pink and blue pinwheel, while its outer arms appear to flap away from the galaxy like giant red streamers. It is within these so-called extended galaxy arms that, to the surprise of astronomers, new stars are forming.

In normal light, M83 looks like this:

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(Still beautiful, I'd say.)




( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL...both of them.
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'd have to say I prefer the old picture. The colors are more tender, more... more "Joy of Man's Desiring."
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree, but the new one shows things our eyes just can't see. That's why I posted both!
Apr. 19th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
i wanted to comment on this earlier.

what is awesome about the top image is that it does one of the things that photography has always done best: it shows us things that we can't see just by looking.

to me, tho, in terms of raw beauty, there is something about delicate, misty quality of the bottom picture that really touches the heart.

Apr. 22nd, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Very pretty! The people who chose the false-color colorings on the upper picture sure did a nice job of it. And the lower image is just naturally wonderful.
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