APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

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APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Oct 31, 2023 4:06 am

Image Halloween and the Wizard Nebula

Explanation: Halloween's origin is ancient and astronomical. Since the fifth century BC, Halloween has been celebrated as a cross-quarter day, a day halfway between an equinox (equal day / equal night) and a solstice (minimum day / maximum night in the northern hemisphere). With a modern calendar however, even though Halloween occurs today, the real cross-quarter day will occur next week. Another cross-quarter day is Groundhog Day. Halloween's modern celebration retains historic roots in dressing to scare away the spirits of the dead. Perhaps a fitting tribute to this ancient holiday is this closeup view of the Wizard Nebula (NGC 7380). Visually, the interplay of stars, gas, and dust has created a shape that appears to some like a fictional ancient sorcerer. Although the nebula may last only a few million years, some of the stars being conjured from the gas by the great gravitational powers may outlive our Sun.

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by whwiii » Tue Oct 31, 2023 6:05 am

um, you missed the wizard part :(

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Tue Oct 31, 2023 2:48 pm

Can someone limit the magician's silhouette?

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by whwiii » Tue Oct 31, 2023 3:32 pm

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wizard is above the APOD crop, only his hand shows
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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by Ann » Tue Oct 31, 2023 5:18 pm

whwiii wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 3:32 pm Image
wizard is above the APOD crop, only his hand shows
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10/25/2009
Wizard of the Wizard Nebula.png

The wizard is here?

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by orin stepanek » Tue Oct 31, 2023 5:51 pm

WizardCenter_McInnis_960.jpg
I'm almost glad this can bo set aside for another year!🎃
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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by whwiii » Tue Oct 31, 2023 5:59 pm

Ann wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 5:18 pm
The wizard is here?

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by johnnydeep » Tue Oct 31, 2023 9:00 pm

orin stepanek wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 5:51 pm WizardCenter_McInnis_960.jpg
I'm almost glad this can bo set aside for another year!🎃
And there's also a bat to be had:

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Wed Nov 01, 2023 3:45 am

Ann wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 5:18 pm
whwiii wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 3:32 pm Image
wizard is above the APOD crop, only his hand shows
larger size
10/25/2009
Wizard of the Wizard Nebula.png

The wizard is here?

Ann
Thanks Whwiii and Ann

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Re: APOD: Halloween and the Wizard Nebula (2023 Oct 31)

Post by starsurfer » Wed Nov 01, 2023 10:56 pm

I much prefer seeing "true" colour images of this nebula and also north up.