Sunday, August 03, 2003

Delicate filaments

Photo: NASA/AFP/Getty Images

Delicate filaments — actually sheets of debris from a stellar explosion in a neighbouring galaxy — are visible in this recent photo taken by the Hubble telescope and released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA plans to replace the Hubble telescope with the new James Webb Space Telescope, and plans to take the Hubble telescope out of orbit some time in 2010. See the Globe article on Space debris.

Photo: NASA

Even though I know these Hubble photos are "processed," i.e., they probably do not look like this in deep space, they are still wondrous to behold . . . There's a ton of them at the NASA site.

See also:
Exploding Stars Create Clouds of Cosmic Dust

Space Fireworks: Hubble Photographs Nature's Own Celebration

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