Pages

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ghostly Space Spiral

Click the picture for a sightly better quality
   
     This picture was taken by the NASA Hubble space telescope. This strange spiral pattern (soberly named IRAS 23166+1655...) is designed by a star that is ejecting gas into the space. This star has a binary partner (another star orbiting with it) and this second star modulate the gas, giving it a spiral shape. The two stars are hidden by a dust cloud, that's why they don't appear on the picture.
Another pic of IRAS 23166+1655

     I really like this picture, it's one of my favorite. It's beautiful and a bit weird at the same time.

19 comments:

  1. This is so cool! i have a giant orian telescope and i love astronomy. :)Awesome post.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, that is really beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Awesome pictures man, cheers!w

    ReplyDelete
  4. Cool stuff! Astrology has always fascinated me, thanks for the post.

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's an amazing picture, I'd love to see what's out there for myself, but until warp drive becomes a reality I think I might have to be content with a telescope!

    ReplyDelete
  6. i very much enjoyed reading this. awesome

    ReplyDelete
  7. did something about this in physics the other day. Love it

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's really pretty, we're discovering new things everyday! Too bad Obama is trying to shut it down.

    ReplyDelete
  9. The stars and the universe totally fascinate me sometimes I can spend hours just thinking about how massive the universe is. It's quite unsettling.

    +1 Follower

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yeah that looks pretty cool
    my favourite is the "eye of god"
    http://0.tqn.com/d/urbanlegends/1/0/-/7/eye_of_god.jpg

    ReplyDelete
  11. very nice. thanks for sharing that!

    ReplyDelete
  12. That looks both scary and awesome. +following.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Epic pic, and nice name as well.

    ReplyDelete
  14. fuckin legit dude. that looks so awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is craziness. Can't even imagine all the intense things in space we haven't seen yet.

    +followed

    ReplyDelete