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!