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Pic Of The Day 28th March

Discussion in 'TOSAH Archive' started by Markjcj, 28 Mar 2003.

  1. Markjcj

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    Todays pic is a case of it's posted for sheer beauty; my own reaction on first viewing this piccy was WOW. :)

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    Light Echoes from V838 Mon

    Nominated for most mysterious star in the Milky Way, V838 Monocerotis briefly became one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. Its outburst discovered in January 2002, observations have indicated that V838 Mon somehow transformed itself over a period of months from a small under-luminous star a little hotter than the Sun, to a highly-luminous, cool supergiant star -- defying the conventional understanding of erupting stars and stellar life cycles. In this spectacular image, one of a series recorded last year by the Hubble Space Telescope, the dimmed V838 Mon is surrounded by an "expanding" nebula. But the nebula is actually a series of light echoes from formerly unseen shells of dust up to light-years in diameter. Previously ejected, the intricate shells progressively reflect light as it reaches them from V838 Mon's outbursts. Astronomers anticipate that light echoes from farther out in the dust envelope will continue to be visible until about 2010. Some estimates now place V838 Mon about 20,000 light-years from planet Earth.

    Credit: H. Bond (STScI), A. Henden (USNO Flagstaff), Z. Levay (STScI), et al., ESA, NASA

    A larger version of this piccy can be found here, this is a 276K Jpeg image.

    Previous Pic Of The Day posts

    26th Mar 03
    22nd Mar 03
    21st Mar 03
    20th Mar 03
    19th Mar 03Courtesy of Mark G
    18th Mar 03
    17th Mar 03
     
  2. kolala

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    I second your wow, pic of the year perhaps?
     
  3. astraman

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    Very good

    Best yet 4 me keep um coming:cool: :cool:
     
  4. PurDunamis

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    Wow indeed - that is stunning:) 5*
     
  5. Balrog

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    Now that IS immaculate, shades of the cartwheel nebula in my siggy. Hope ET didn't push the wrong button. Defo pic of the year. Needs a 10* rating.

    Keep up the good work
     
  6. Mandex001

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    Very nice mate :D


    keep em coming ;)
     
  7. diogenese

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    However strange science fiction can be Nature always seems to go a step further:eek:
    Top stuff Mark! that's brightened my morning:)


    Ooh! just became a hitman:D
     
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  8. Andre

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    V.V. Nice!

    Definitely a WOW
    I think one to keep

    /and cherish and hug and squeeze and wub







    /me goes to take medication for the day
     
  9. Garp

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    Definate WOW here too.
     
  10. kaiowas

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    Surprised no-ones tried to bloo mod it yet :D

    Nice pic
     
  11. LeakyMeat

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    WOW for sure, excellent pic Mark. Ive starred at it for ages in amazement.

    And while in my tracne like state i noticed a couple of things in it, if you bloo it up and rotate it, I can see a cow playing a piano and ET himself ;)

    ET

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    Musical Cow

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    I still cant find Waldo though :D
     
  12. Piggymon

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    Oh my word :eek:

    Outstanding pic :)
     
  13. Event Horizon

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    mmm thats a stonka, thanks :)
     
  14. Fusion

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    That pic is fantastic, great incentive to crunch hehe :D
     
  15. Mad Pierre

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    Damm that a nice piccy. Now on my desktop :)
     
  16. BuckEye

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    Superb pic m8!!

    I just called people into the room to come and marvel at it's goodness :)

    S
     
  17. pyro

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    *wow*

    really nice!!!:eek:
     
  18. kolala

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  19. Markjcj

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    A better link for more pics and info can be found here. This site has some higher resolution piccies and a better write up than the one provided above. :)