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Space Telescope Spies ‘Star Trek’ Pareidolia

To celebrate the sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary, NASA’s Spitzer space telescope saw a pair of nebula with a very ‘Star Trek’ flavor. NASA got into the “Star Trek” spirit yesterday with their astronomical sighting of two generations of the Starship Enterprise. With the help of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and a little imagination, this observation of the star-forming nebulae IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026 appear to be in the shape of NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-D, the Enterprises commanded by Captain Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, respectively. Continue reading Space Telescope Spies ‘Star Trek’ Pareidolia

The wings of the butterfly

The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour. Continue reading The wings of the butterfly