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Posted by r. daurio on 2008-05-17 20:43:15

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Released to Public: Panoramic Hubble Image for 17th Launch Anniversary (NASA)

Released to Public: Panoramic Hubble Image for 17th Launch Anniversary (NASA)

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In celebration of the 17th anniversary of the launch and deployment of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers is releasing one of the largest panoramic images ever taken with Hubble’s cameras. It is a 50-light-year-wide view of the central region of the Carina Nebula where a maelstrom of star birth – and death – is taking place.

Hubble’s view of the nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born.

The immense nebula contains at least a dozen brilliant stars that are roughly estimated to be at least 50 to 100 times the mass of our Sun. The most unique and opulent inhabitant is the star Eta Carinae, at far left. Eta Carinae is in the final stages of its brief and eruptive lifespan, as evidenced by two billowing lobes of gas and dust that presage its upcoming explosion as a titanic supernova.

The fireworks in the Carina region started three million years ago when the nebula’s first generation of newborn stars condensed and ignited in the middle of a huge cloud of cold molecular hydrogen. Radiation from these stars carved out an expanding bubble of hot gas. The island-like clumps of dark clouds scattered across the nebula are nodules of dust and gas that are resisting being eaten away by photoionization.

The hurricane blast of stellar winds and blistering ultraviolet radiation within the cavity is now compressing the surrounding walls of cold hydrogen. This is triggering a second stage of new star formation.

Our Sun and our solar system may have been born inside such a cosmic crucible 4.6 billion years ago. In looking at the Carina Nebula we are seeing the genesis of star making as it commonly occurs along the dense spiral arms of a galaxy.

The immense nebula is an estimated 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina the Keel (of the old southern constellation Argo Navis, the ship of Jason and the Argonauts, from Greek mythology).

This image is a mosaic of the Carina Nebula assembled from 48 frames taken with Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. The Hubble images were taken in the light of neutral hydrogen. Color information was added with data taken at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. Red corresponds to sulfur, green to hydrogen, and blue to oxygen emission.

Credit for Hubble image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Credit for CTIO image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF

Interesting Hubble Facts

In its 17 years of exploring the heavens, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made nearly 800,000 observations and snapped nearly 500,000 images of more than 25,000 celestial objects. Hubble does not travel to stars, planets and galaxies. It takes pictures of them as it whirls around Earth at 17,500 miles an hour. In its 17-year lifetime, the telescope has made nearly 100,000 trips around our planet. Those trips have racked up plenty of frequent-flier-miles, about 2.4 billion, which is the equivalent of a round trip to Saturn.

The 17 years’ worth of observations has produced more than 30 terabytes of data, equal to about 25 percent of the information stored in the Library of Congress. Each day the orbiting observatory generates about 10 gigabytes of data, enough information to fill the hard drive of a typical home computer in two weeks. The Hubble archive sends about 66 gigabytes of data each day to astronomers throughout the world.

Astronomers using Hubble data have published nearly 7,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built.

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Posted by Seán Venn on 2009-07-04 15:41:44

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My Desktop Has a Problem…

My Desktop Has a Problem...

It’s Full!
View On Black

I bet none of you have that problem!

I also have four old Windows PCs (two mine and two my dad’s) that I have to clear out and archive and back up so I can work on the extremely valuable stuff from them, via my iMac (I am NEVER going back).

So I decided two weeks ago that I couldn’t take any more pictures (at least not bunches of them) until I dealt with The Problem. Which is why you haven’t seen much recent photography from me.

So, this week, since I’m still recovering from serious oral surgery, I spent five solid days (including some almost-all-nighters) researching how to create a system that is big enough for now but can expand, that’s "affordable," that’s relatively reliable, that can archive my stuff and keep it in a backed-up Lightroom Catalogue, and keep the whole system backed up in a reasonably redundant manner.

I am extremely indebted to a Flickrite, Godfrey DiGirgio, in a Lightroom Group Discussion thread, for having described how to do this in a way that made sense to me. These things are not that easy to figure out. And, thus, we don’t get them done….

Then I fairly extensively researched External Hard Drives, something I knew little about. It was a slog. But stumbling across the LaCie story was worth the price of admission!

At two this morning, I bought two External Hard Drives. I will tell you what they are, because I decided this was the most reliable, "affordable," and immediately do-able path.

First, I bought a 2 TB "LaCie 2big Quadra External Hard Drive" to back up the whole thing. It’s two 1-TB hard drives in a combo. Which means it can either work very fast, or mirror a back-up, so if one back-up drive crashes, your stuff is still the other. I kept looking at other brands (never to be swayed by style) but kept coming back to the LaCie system, for various reasons. So when I forked over 300 bucks for it, I knew it was a sound decision. (And, besides, the LaCie story is worth the price of admission…) I’m planning to start with Time Machine, but I may not stay with it…..

Then I bought a 1.5 TB "OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro ‘Quad Interface EHD" to store my precious image library and back-up of the catalogue. I really struggled with this decision.

I knew I would need, in about a year, more than 1 TB, but I’m not convinced that disks bigger than 1 TB are as yet reliable. And prices will keep coming down, probably.

So I had decided to get a LaCie 1 TB, because you can later add another just like it, and make them work together just like the above combo. The whole system is all designed to be gradually expandable. What a concept!

But, I was still looking around (my brain turning to mush), just to make sure, and discovered the OWC. OWC stands for Other World Computing. How’s that for a name!!! A lot of people had said they were really reliable hard drives, but I hadn’t found one in person. But I stumbled across a link to their site, and they just happened to have a 1.5 TB EHD that had a Barracuda drive in it. I had read many times that Barracuda’s are super-reliable and really fast. Which was exactly what I needed. So I decided to take the risk and go for the 1.5 TB Other Worldly. So both will be arriving mid-week. And I will continue implementing The Plan~

Brought to you (Ha!) by Other Wordly, the Barracuda, and LaCie ("the company")–a hard-drive design company that is, itself, a marriage between a garage-born Portland Oregon outfit and a garage-born Paris firm.

This image was really a practice-piece on how to integrate a computer monitor image with it’s surroundings. My desktop is, indeed crowded. And I’m about to take the plunge~ The towley thing on the left is the kitty perch. There are already three hard drives in that picture. I actually never place my coffee cup there, but I wanted Taos Pueblo as a geographical reference. There’s never a book there, either. That spot is usually occupied by my kitty, Millie, who is still wondering where Katie went. And, yes, I need to dust.

If you have any questions, or whatever, feel free to ask or comment….

canon 50mm f/1.8 f/3.2@1/320iso800

Posted by stay-at-home-gypsy on 2010-02-22 03:39:50

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