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I Love Hubble: NGC6302

This is so cool. Click on the thumbnail to see an exploding star. Planetary Nebula NGC6302

It’s not just a pretty picture, either. This picture, one of the first taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since its successful refurbishing, contains useful data on temperature and composition collected by the new Wide Field Camera 3 to help scientists understand this nebula of unusual temperature. It’s one of a spectacular set of new Hubble photos showing more detail than Hubble has ever been able to deliver before. Thanks to the NASA mission to service Hubble, scientists will be able to continue to refine their understanding of the universe, and everyday folks like you and me will continue to drop our jaws at the beauty of it all, until at least 2014.

You may recall that back in 2005, George W. Bush tried to kill off the Hubble Space Telescope, taking money away from the telescope’s refurbishment so that Bush could send a rocket to the moon in order to, well, go to the moon, again. Yesterday a report revealed that the moon landing plan is well behind schedule and running out of money. Hubble, on the other hand, continues to deliver delight and understanding.

5 thoughts on “I Love Hubble: NGC6302”

  1. Deanna says:

    What an amazing photograph…it looks as if there is a butterfly out there in space.

  2. VT says:

    My goodness! Amazing! Whoever painted these wonderful things you see up there must have known perfection! The sky beyond is sooooooooo beautiful.
    Thank you for making me feel good by seeing all these!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Thanks VT! Your reply prompted me to read the post again. Only then did I realize I should have clicked on the link to see more “perfection” from above! They made me feel good too!

  3. qs says:

    Defund it.

    Get rid of that space station too. No more NASA.

  4. Tom says:

    Get rid of qs and all the other Republican wingnuts with no imagination or wonder about our universe, anti-science, lack of critical thinking skills, party-line spouting neanderthals that they are.

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