Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Porn of the Day: Teacher Finds Hidden Hubble Treasure

This just in:

A Connecticut high-school astronomy teacher has uncovered a dazzling view of a nearby galaxy while exploring the "hidden treasures" of the Hubble Space Telescope. Here's where he started, the original Hubble shot:

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The photo shows an star nursery spotted with dark dust lanes in the Large Magellanic Cloud - an irregular companion galaxy to our Milky Way Galaxy - about 200,000 light-years from Earth. As the Milky Way’s gravity gently tugs on our neighbor’s gas clouds, they collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a kaleidoscope of colors.

Josh Lake, a high school astronomy teacher at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn., as part of the "Hubble Hidden Treasures" contest that challenged space fans to find unseen images from the observatory. Lake won first prize in the Hubble photo contest with an image of the LHA 120-N11 (N11) region of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Hubble officials combined Lake's image with more observations of the N11 region in blue, green, and near-infrared light to create this new image:

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From NASA: "In the center of this image, a dark finger of dust blots out much of the light. While nebulae are mostly made of hydrogen, the simplest and most plentiful element in the universe, dust clouds are home to heavier and more complex elements, which go on to form rocky planets like the Earth."

Look at all those baby stars! Just wanted to start everyone's week off with some pretty.

Now I'm off to take a look at the scholarship hall KU Housing suggests we use for this summer's CSSF Speculative Fiction Writing Workshops (short-fiction workshop here, novel workshop here) - we're taking applications now, so if you or someone you know is interested, it's time to apply!

Tags: astronomy, cssf

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