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TrulyReconciled posted 4/3/2014 10:08 AM

At the Edge of NGC 2174

Explanation: This fantastic skyscape lies near the edge of NGC 2174 a star forming region about 6,400 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation of Orion. It follows mountainous clouds of gas and dust carved by winds and radiation from the region's newborn stars, now found scattered in open star clusters embedded around the center of NGC 2174, off the top of the frame.

Though star formation continues within these dusty cosmic clouds they will likely be dispersed by the energetic newborn stars within a few million years. Recorded at infrared wavelengths by the Hubble Space Telescope, the interstellar scene spans about 6 light-years. The image celebrates the upcoming 24th anniversary of Hubble's launch onboard the space shuttle orbiter Discovery on April 24, 1990.

Aubrie posted 4/3/2014 10:15 AM


Looks kinda like a heavenly Coke Float.

TrulyReconciled posted 4/3/2014 11:59 AM

Reminded me of seeing this for the first time:

itainteasy posted 4/3/2014 12:01 PM

It's so beautiful.

Crushed1 posted 4/3/2014 12:34 PM

Stunning and incredible photo!

TR, do you know the name of the painting you posted or the artist?

TrulyReconciled posted 4/3/2014 12:36 PM

Of course! That's the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel by Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti

Crushed1 posted 4/3/2014 12:44 PM

Thanks TR! That painting is incredible in its own right, but nothing compares to the pictures the universe paints for us.

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