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APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby APOD Robot » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:06 am

Image NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life

Explanation: Is this a painting or a photograph? In this beautiful celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula NGC 2170 shines near the image center. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a red emission region, many dark absorption nebulae, and a backdrop of colorful stars. Like the common household items still life painters often choose for their subjects, the clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars pictured above are also commonly found in this setting - a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). The giant molecular cloud, Mon R2, is impressively close, estimated to be only 2,400 light-years or so away. At that distance, this canvas would be over 60 light-years across.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Boomer12k » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:43 am

Looks like a Tongue sticking out in the middle.....:P

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Glenriven » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:47 am

Design us a way to get there! It's on you class of 2016.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Ann » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:08 am

This is a lovely image, wonderfully colored and chock full of fantastic details. There are actually at least three emission nebulae here, although one is very small (at top, near a blue star there) and one is very large and faint (at far left).

Amazing structure can be seen in the dust, and, as I said, the colors are lovely. On ebright yellow star at far right seems to be surrounded by a retinue of fainter blue stars, as if it was a red supergiant accompanied by unevolved hot stars. But according to the parallaxes of the stars, that is probably not the case.

Anyway, it is a stunning sky vista, made even more beautiful in this image.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Beyond » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:52 am

Most of the examples in the -still life painters- link, seemed to have dieddisappeared, well,,, that's life. :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Wally » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:36 pm

Glenriven wrote:Design us a way to get there! It's on you class of 2016.


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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby orin stepanek » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:46 pm

Beautiful APOD! I kind of expected the Bird of Paradise to fly away! :mrgreen:
I just had to bring the unicorn to the front; he's pretty cute! :D
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby dddavids@iupui.edu » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:48 pm

If it were a painting, it wuld have taken the artist 2 lifetimes.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Tszabeau » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:04 pm

This is a beautiful photograph but, I take exception that it is a stillife. It's more of a lands-scape. First, it's not a composed arrangement of inanimate objects. Secondly, it's not still. Thirdly, us painters are contrarions.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Wolf Kotenberg » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:58 pm

It is a painting. I don't see any light spikes associated with the brighter stars. Pass me an ice cold one, please.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby bystander » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:44 pm

It's a photo.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Chris Peterson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:01 pm

bystander wrote:It's a photo.

I think you mean foto.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Ann » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:44 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
bystander wrote:It's a photo.

I think you mean foto.


Isn't that how you spell it???? :shock: :shock: :shock: Image Me Swedish! Image

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Beyond » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:08 pm

WHAT :?: :?: You meen it's knot spelted -foetoe- :!: :?: Shudda payed mor atension in inglish clas. :yes:
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby Wolf Kotenberg » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:53 pm

in an irish pub they would say " it is a bloody painting, mate " With one exception.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2012 Mar 06)

Postby saturn2 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:53 pm

This is a fhotograph of a beautiful " celestial painting "
Because the Universe is an " artist "
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