Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hey, It's a Square Nebula

Deal With It.  Ok, Maybe it's trapezoidal.

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  1. That would look so nice strung on a gold chain and hanging around my neck. Could you please arrange for that? Thank you in advance.

    Actually - I almost bought a vase at Ross that looked disturbingly like the nebula Same exact colors and all shiny and stuff. But, I showed restraint and saved myself $10.99.

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    1. That's funny, Adrienne. My first thought too was that it looked like a piece of jewelry, but I thought more like RING.

      The picture may be "color-enhanced" as so many of these space photos are (that's right, Kid, isn't it?) but it's beautiful all the same.

      So often "Art imitates Life" –– or tries to. From where I sit $10.99 for that vase would be cheap at twice the price –– IF it really looked that lovely and was large enough to "make a statement." ;-)

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    2. I'm on it Adrienne ! No charge.

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    3. FT, It is color enhanced which means different colors are applied based on the composition of the material - usually Oxygen, Hydrogen, Sulfer, etc.

      I was thinking Bracelet myself.

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    4. FT - I'm trying to declutter not drag more stuff into the house. The vase really did look like the nebula and it did make a statement. $10.99 was definitely a good deal - as most everything at Ross is.

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  2. It's more of a rectangle, but still beautiful considering the source. I guess majestical would be a better word.

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    1. Cube, It is an odd shape for a nebula for sure as they are created by stars exploding or having a blowout, you usually get rounded edges.

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  3. These explanations are much easier to read in bold, larger print MINUS all those irritating links.

    SEE IF YOU DON'T AGREE:

    How can a round star make a square nebula? This conundrum comes to light when studying planetary nebulae like IC 4406. Evidence indicates that IC 4406 is likely a hollow cylinder, with its square appearance the result of our vantage point in viewing the cylinder from the side. Were IC 4406 viewed from the top, it would likely look similar to the Ring Nebula. This representative-color picture is a composite made by combining images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and 2002. Hot gas flows out the ends of the cylinder, while filaments of dark dust and molecular gas lace the bounding walls. The star primarily responsible for this interstellar sculpture can be found in the planetary nebula's center. In a few million years, the only thing left visible in IC 4406 will be a fading white dwarf star.

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    1. Ah, There ya go FT. Vantage point.

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  4. Didn't Einstein prove that there are no spright lines in Nature? What appears straight to us is in fact just a minuscule part of gigantic arc

    I can't pretend to understand Einstein's ideas, but I remember reading somewhere years ago that if we could build a powerful enough telescope, and looked out into empty space, we would be able to see OUR OWN REAR END!

    Can anyone with superior knowledge either confirm or deny that?

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    1. FT, I don't know about the sprite lines. Although if we could build a super duper telescope and send it out into space at much greater than the speed of light we could focus on the Earth, and look back in time at the going's on. That'd be interesting.

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