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I've been struggling to find beauty/meaning/anything in the world around me these days. Don't get me wrong, that sounds like I'm depressed - it's not that. I'm just cruising through life without slowing down to look at what really matters around me.

While doing some research for a paper today, I came across an image I've seen a hundred times. I stopped and stared. Why had this not seemed so significant before? It's beautiful, stunning and mind boggling. Even though I consider myself a pretty much "nature" (as in the good green Earth beneath my feet) person, maybe I need to expand my thoughts out to the cosmos?

Here are the Pillars of Creation, a view of the Eagle Nebula where stars were born:

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I think I actually get a little teary when I look at [sign in to see URL] wow.
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That is such a wonderful picture. I've loved it from the moment I saw it for the first time. I think it's full of life, even if it really is just gas and dust.

Thanks for sharing this, I had forgotten its beauty.

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This is amazing! I love the colors. I've never seen this before.
It actually reminds me a bit of some of the fractal art I used to do (and need to get back to one of these days).
Is this a drawing/painting, or an actual photo? It's simply stunning!!!!

The night sky is actually one of my most favorite things to look at. I want to get a good telescope for DH and myself. I'd love to get one you can attach a camera to, but those are rather expensive.
I also love looking at photos taken from the Hubble and other satellites. It never ceases to amaze me, the beauty that exists not only on this world, but around it! I think I would have loved being an astronaut and being able to go out into [sign in to see URL] for no other reason than to take photographs of the things I could see from that perspective.

Thank you for sharing this, Texas. It truly is amazing!

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Saijen, this is a Hubble photo, if I remember correctly.

Of course, they enhance the colors a bit when they prepare a photo for publication, but I think it's just absolutely stunning.

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Yes it's a Hubble photo. Well, lots of photos to be exact. It was taken with 4 different cameras and consists of 32 photographs superimposed on each other.

And I always thought the colors on Hubble pictures were fake but I've been reading up on it. We have a new lab worker here that does astronomical photography (through a telescope like you're talking about Saijen) and they use different filters on the lenses that make light emitted by different elements actually appear a different color. It is done through computer graphics but the colors aren't just 'random' to make them look pretty - they actually represent something. In this one it's green for hydrogen, red for sulphur and blue for oxygen. They do brighten and enhance but the colors are somewhat more real than I had always thought.
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I always go to the Nasa [sign in to see URL] love Hubble [sign in to see URL] one makes me feel like where I came from.... emoticon

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Very cool on the colors thing, [sign in to see URL] you. I figured they were enhanced by some [sign in to see URL] didn't know how much.

One of these days, I'll have a telescope like I [sign in to see URL] be when I'm [sign in to see URL] I'll have one! emoticon

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