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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Boljoon in my “Gibraltar” cinematic mind (my #1 Popular Flickr Photo)

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View On Black

Always bring your work to the highest level. (With the shadows and highlights across these ruins of a watch tower, a quick glance will show a girl to the left, opposite her lover, facing the other direction.)

TIP: How to harness a perfect cinematic backdrop, look-and-feel artistry in your photos… PRE-VISUALIZE THE FINAL SCENE, BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHUTTER BUTTON! 😀


Last 16th of March 2008, Flickr buddy Melvin Tezon and I, joined along with 28 people from the Accenture Group — photography hobbyists (including the driver and a Department of Tourism accredited tourist guide here in the province of Cebu, Philippines) — on a road trip that will forever change my photographic / travel perspectives. (Why dream of world tours, when you haven’t discovered your country yet?)

This is the town of Boljoon (bull-who-on), 103 kms south of Cebu City, famous for its United Nations World Heritage Site architectural landmarks.

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An excerpt from the Freeman Magazine, July 31, 1993:

The name Boljoon is coined from the word “Boljo”, which literally means an “abrupt jut, a promontory or projection towards the sea.”

It was founded in 1692 by the missionaries to spread the Christian religion. It consists of five barrios – excluding the poblacion or town proper. The poblacion is nestled cozily in a narrow coastal plain bounded by towering and precipitous cliffs on the north, hemmed on the western side by a range of luxuriant hills, pierced by the Boljoon River and fringed by the Bohol Strait on the East.

It is reminiscent of Gibraltar, the high rocky cliffs forming an impressive backdrop to the simple dwellings of these hardy Boljoanons. This gigantic wall-like structure called Eli is found at the northern portion of the poblacion. It served as a natural barrier against the Spanish invaders, just like Gibraltar.

Right on top of Eli still stands a solitary watch tower that is now covered with moss, fern and thick undergrowth like a faithful sentinel on a never-ending vigil. It is a favorite spot among nature lovers and just plain lovers, basking under the dreamy moonlight. Many a ladies’ heart were won on Eli and on particularly silent nights the wind carries their giggles.

There is not much to see or go to in Boljoon. It takes a keen artist eye and a poet’s heart to really appreciate the place (the original photo of this visual artistry was taken under the sweltering heat of the 2pm sun, but I’ve thrown in and juxtaposed a lot of midnight details to highlight the romantic mood I had in mind [italics mine]). The old catholic Church is worth a look. One of the oldest in the province, this church boasts of a huge mural painting on its ceiling, old santos and a huge cross of Christ hanging by the altar. Its patron saint is Patrocinio de Maria.


There still stands a belfry constructed during the Spanish era. It has the distinction of being separated from the church and has a beautiful architectural design. It still carries the original bells installed by the Spaniards.

There’s this one place in barangay Granada which they call the “Lover’s Lane”, close to the waters and is composed of several cave-like openings. This is where the kids usually hang out and make out.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Boljoon’s mayor turns out to be a poet, and a very good one at that. His name is the late Dr. Rene Estella Amper.

Here’s what the poet/mayor has to say of his hometown in one of his early writings:

THE ROCK (an excerpt)

Lime-white, looming white, gigantic: the rock squats like an echo of the greener pastures of our forefathers. Hewn out of the immemorial romance of the land and the sea, billions of years ago, it has outlasted the quivering flesh of man, having been purified by storms, having tasted the dusts of wanton uncare.

This rock, its bigness remote, its whiteness primeval bears the scars of the dreams and fulfillment of our brown brothers.

This rock tells its story to the willow-winds; it has an irresistibility to these ghostly wanderers that suck the women’s skirts and stir the water holes. And the winds giggle.
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