Friday, November 11, 2005

The Mountains of Creation



The Spitzer Space Telescope, which was put into orbit in 2003, is returning the most marvellous of images. This one, dubbed 'The Mountains of Creation' shows embryonic stars forming in the constellation of Cassiopeia, 7000 light years from Earth.

Tetherd Cow Ahead Assignment for November 11, 2005: tonight ask a friend around, pour yourselves a glass of good wine and go outside and drink a toast to the wonders of the Universe.

11 comments:

Blogger jedimacfan said...

The way of the future.

November 11, 2005 8:38 AM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

OK, so I was lying about who took the photo...

November 11, 2005 8:41 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

That is so beautiful.

November 11, 2005 10:05 AM  
Blogger Lou (a.k.a. rainpuddles) said...

Beautiful pic.... who did take it?

November 11, 2005 10:13 AM  
Anonymous amazed said...

star factories? star nurseries? amazing! I wonder why we call such things "the wonders of creation"?

November 12, 2005 2:49 AM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

They're dubbed 'The Mountains of Creation' and 'The Pillars of Creation' because these vast clouds of interstellar gas literally create stars. Our own star, the Sun, would have been spawned in a billowing veil of gas and dust just like this.

November 12, 2005 8:17 AM  
Blogger jedimacfan said...

Do Hollywood movie stars form in much the same fashion?

November 12, 2005 8:21 AM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

Yes. And some of them still retain large amounts of their gas.

November 12, 2005 8:25 AM  
Blogger Connie Marie said...

lol I love the comments here1
What an incredible picture!

November 12, 2005 8:47 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam said...

Bah. I want to GO there. Seriously. Although pretty much anyplace Out There would do.

November 13, 2005 12:28 PM  
Blogger weirdpixie said...

You know, if there IS any afterlife or life after death I'm wondering if it's anything like how we feel when we look at photographs like these...

November 14, 2005 9:57 AM  

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