Wordless Wednesday – Astronomy Photo and winners

by Deb on August 11, 2010

hubble eye

The iPhone app I recently reviewed, Starwalk, has a pic of the day feature which is just gorgeous, as you can see here.

The Hubble telescope has spied a giant celestial ‘eye’, known as planetary nebula NGC 6751. The Hubble Heritage Project is releasing this picture to commemorate the Hubble telescope’s tenth anniversary. Glowing in the constellation Aquila, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center.

Planetary nebulae have nothing to do with planets. They are shells of gas thrown off by Sun-like stars nearing the ends of their lives. The star’s loss of its outer gaseous layers exposes the hot stellar core, whose strong ultraviolet radiation then causes the ejected gas to fluoresce as the planetary nebula.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

I also have some winners to announce on the Star Walk giveaway, winner of the T-shirt and iTunes voucher is Lori from Random Ramblings of a SAHM, with t-shirts for the Planning Queen from Planning with Kids and Marita from Stuff with Thing.

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Sukhmandir Kaur August 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

An amazingly awesome spectacular display of nature.

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And Miles To Go... August 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

great shot!
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AL August 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

Supernatural!
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megan August 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm

This is a great find!! NASA has some great stuff on their website and it is good to see that there are apps to take advantage of that.
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Janelle August 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Looks a little bit like the top of a seeded dandelion.
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Julie From Momspective August 12, 2010 at 3:06 am

Ooh! That’s lovely!

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Amanda Daybyday August 12, 2010 at 3:48 am

I have a science crazy son, I’ll have to poke around your site a bit more.
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Lulu@Unperfect Life August 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

oohh, lurve this – and my little boy will too.
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