APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

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APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:07 am

Image NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life

Explanation: In this celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula NGC 2170 shines left of 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, these clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars are also commonly found in this setting - a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation 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 40 light-years across.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by neufer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:47 am



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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Beyond » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:25 am

Hey neufer, what's the name of the *star* in your top picture :?:
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Markus Schwarz » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:13 am

The link to the reflection nebulae is missing a ".html". Otherwise, really nice picture!

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by owlice » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:49 pm

Thanks, Markus; the editor has been notified.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Boomer12k » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:11 pm

"Starlight, Star Bright...um....WHICH STAR DO I WISH ON TONIGHT???????"

Man, that is a packed view.

The Blue Reflection nebulas are interesting for their striations. Kind of like The Pleiades.

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by neufer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:12 pm

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Hey neufer, what's the name of the *star* in your top picture :?:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlize_Theron
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colber ... ize-theron

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by LocalColor » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:19 pm

A "still life" - to me it looks like a vase of flowers, pink tulips and white lilies. Beautiful!

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Beyond » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:24 pm

neufer wrote:
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Hey neufer, what's the name of the *star* in your top picture :?:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlize_Theron
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colber ... ize-theron

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I don't know about the -fairest of them all-, but surely the most quoteingest of them all. :mrgreen:
So Chalize Theron is the star in the black-feathered nebula. Neat :!:
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Ann » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:28 pm

This is definitely one of the most three-dimensional-looking regions of the Milky Way that I know of. And what a symphony of nebulae and colors! :D

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Beyond » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:43 pm

Ann wrote:This is definitely one of the most three-dimensional-looking regions of the Milky Way that I know of. And what a symphony of nebulae and colors! :D

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Post by ta152h0 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:50 pm

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Anthony Barreiro » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:58 pm

This is a lovely image! Lots of pink and blue and dusty brown, with stories to tell. Monoceros, east of Orion, has some interesting open clusters and nebulae, well worth exploring with binoculars or a small telescope. But Orion with his blazingly bright stars and brightly glowing nebulae is right next door. Monoceros doesn't have any very bright stars, so many observers overlook it.

I have to wonder, if this is a celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, who is the composer? Who's holding the brush? Calling something art implies artistic intention.
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Ann » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:55 am

Beyond wrote:
Ann wrote:This is definitely one of the most three-dimensional-looking regions of the Milky Way that I know of. And what a symphony of nebulae and colors! :D

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Beyond » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:25 am

ha-ha, you got it, Ann. See if you can get one with a built-in nebulizer, to add pazazz to the colorful notes. :yes: :clap:
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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Gerry » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:39 pm

This "still life" image has a lot of motion in it for me. When I look at it, all the points of light are slowly moving right, left and in a circular way. I also see this when I look at other static images, especially of stars and galaxies, but I know they couldn't be moving. Does anyone else see this?

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Re: APOD: NGC 2170: Celestial Still Life (2013 Jan 14)

Post by Raven » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:55 am

Gerry wrote:I also see this when I look at other static images, especially of stars and galaxies, but I know they couldn't be moving. Does anyone else see this?
That's a characteristic of certain types of "optical illusions" -- and lots of people see them, which is why the term exists.

Here, for instance -- http://tinyurl.com/zoomjpg -- is a static image which gives the impression of "zooming".

One of Vincent van Gogh's most famous paintings, "Starry Night", depicts the night sky's stars as flowing in a river-like current.

(And, well, I discuss here its depiction of Great Cthulhu arising to drown the world, but never mind that now....)