Ground-based telescopes make the nebula pictured here look rectangular in shape, hence its name: the Red Rectangle. But images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope revealed that it should more accurately be called the “Red X” nebula. The nebula’s unique shape comes from gas and dust emitted in cone-shaped bursts from the dying star at its center. This star, which began shedding its outer layers about 14,000 years ago, will slowly become smaller and hotter and begin to release a flood of ultraviolet light.
Photograph courtesy NASA/ESA/Hans Van Winckel (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)/Martin Cohen (University of California, Berkeley)
A kind of magic
A new view of the Rosette Nebula that, through deep processing with Photoshop, now shows the stars separated by gas and dust. Thanks to Jay GaBany for the idea! Original image was taken on Feb 6, 2011 with Canon 400D on William Optics Megrez 72 ED with 0.8X reducer/corrector and LPS-P2 filter. 24 frames (10 min each@800 ISO), processed with MaxIn DL and Photoshop CS5.
Submitted by: Daniele Cipollina
Location: Arquata Scrivia (Italy)
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I really like this question. :D I’m happy you asked. I have a few to share actually.
This one is just strange to me, mainly because I can kinda see a skull like figure. :o
This one kinda looks like its flipping me off. I found this to be strange as well lol
This last one just always creeped me out D: The damn eye figure in the center haunts me.
Thanks for asking ;D