Thursday, September 10, 2009

Latest Images from Refurbished Hubble Telescope ...

As you know:  I'm partial to butterflies and I love all things related to astronomy.  So check this out ...


Just one of the Latest Images from refurbished Hubble Telescope ... 'Star Butterfly'


Wow!!!!  How can you look at something so spectacular and not believe in some higher power or order?!  Just magnificent ...

Here's part of the accompanying newsclip and link, updated Sept. 10, 2:02 a.m. from the 'Daily Mail':

"This celestial object - NGC 6302 - looks like a delicate butterfly but is far from serene: What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually boiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour - fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes. A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the centre of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. This object is an example of a planetary nebula, so-named because many of them have a round appearance resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a new camera aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, snapped this image of the planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. WFC3 was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The 'butterfly' stretches for more than two light years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri."

See the link below for additional images and info ...



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1212272/Hubble-telescope-opens-new-eyes-Universe.html#ixzz0QfnSvfJv


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