Hubble, Color, And How It All Works

I’m no astronomer. The number of celestial bodies I can identify by shape is highly limited, and I don’t know a lot of the science around the way Hubble makes pictures that are so breathtaking. Today, someone made a comment about just that, and it occurred to me that the only thing separating me from an understanding of the topic was air and opportunity. So I went to good ole’ Google and typed in “why do they color hubble photos?” and got the answer immediately.

On HubbleSite, there is a really explanation of this called Behind the Pictures. I figured I’d pass the link along to anyone who was similarly curious about these gorgeous photos, and what they represent. You know, cuz I’m so neat.

And while I’m at it, here’s a link to Awesome Antennae!, a post on Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy web site talking about the Antennae Galaxies and including the gorgeous picture I borrowed for this entry. Very interesting stuff indeed!


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Like a caterpillar that spins a coccoon and emerges as a walrus with a mohawk, Big Ugly Jim has become something unexpected. Raised a fine young Christian boy in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jim began to question his teachings, first evaluating the wisdom of other religions and eventually realizing that none of them seemed any more accurate than any other, and not a one of them made a lick of sense. Today, Big Ugly Jim is a musician, a Business Analyst with Large Oil Company Whose Name Is Not Important, a music promoter with the Calgary Beer Core, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a prick, an atheist, a father, an ex-husband, a role model, a horrifying vision in a red speedo (or at least he would be, if ever that happened which IT WOULD NOT), an announcer, and soon to be an officiator of weddings. Also, he's nice and does dishes. Jim continues to live in Calgary, spreading his filthy doctrine of free, critical thinking and appreciation for music.

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