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stefanieduckwitz
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PostPosted: 03.15.2004 4:42 pm    Post subject: Take a look! Reply with quote



Science - Reuters

Hubble Image Said to Echo Van Gogh 'Starry Night'

Thu Mar 4, 2:59 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's astronomy, but is it art? Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope (news - web sites) said they see similarities between a newly released image of a distant expanding star and Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night."

Astronomers said the Hubble image released on Thursday "bears remarkable similarities to the van Gogh work, complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of miles of interstellar space."

Still, there are obvious differences. Van Gogh's 1889 painting of the sky over a sleeping village is predominantly blue, while the Hubble pictures of a supergiant star called V838 Monocerotis show a glowing red center surrounded by wisps of gray interstellar dust.

The star gave off a flashbulb-like pulse of light two years ago and Hubble has been keeping track of it ever since, taking a series of images that show the expanding illumination of the dusty cloud around the star.

This latest image, made Feb. 8 by the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, is the first to show swirls and eddies in the dust cloud, Hubble scientists said in a statement.

The red star is about 20,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros (The Unicorn) at the outer edge of the Milky Way galaxy.

A light-year is about 6 trillion miles, the distance light travels in a year.

More information and images are available online at http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2004 /10.
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the night watchman
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PostPosted: 03.15.2004 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Take a look! Reply with quote

stefanieduckwitz wrote:
This latest image, made Feb. 8 by the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, is the first to show swirls and eddies in the dust cloud, Hubble scientists said in a statement.


I wonder what Eddie's doing in the dust cloud?

Very cool shot. Here's an image of Van Gogh's Starry Night for comparison.
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PostPosted: 03.16.2004 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WHAT!?
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PostPosted: 03.16.2004 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea to post the link for comparison. Thanks, NW!

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