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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:03 PM

One of the Largest Astronomical Images Ever Made



The northern portion of the Cygnus Loop, as seen in an enormous new panorama from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and WIYN partners

Looking for a stunning new desktop image to wrap up the year? Try this: it’s an amazing panorama of the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant located 1,500 light-years away in the constellation (you guessed it) Cygnus. The full-size image, acquired with the wide-field Mosaic camera on the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona, is a staggering 600 million pixels in size — over 1.68 gigabytes — making it one of the largest astronomical images ever made!

The entire structure of the Cygnus Loop, the gaseous remains of a supernova that occurred 5,000 – 10,000 years ago, spans an area nearly 45 times the width of the full Moon in the sky.
In the image, hydrogen alpha, sulphur, and oxygen ions correspond to the red, green, and blue color values, respectively.

“Images like this are amazing because they can remind you of the big picture and beauty that surrounds us.”

– Dr. Richard Cool, MMT Observatory


Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/99069/one-of-the-largest-astronomical-images-ever-made/

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n2doc Dec 2012 OP
Vinnie From Indy Dec 2012 #1
bongbong Dec 2012 #2
sulphurdunn Dec 2012 #7
reteachinwi Dec 2012 #3
nikto Dec 2012 #4
valerief Dec 2012 #5
Shankapotomus Dec 2012 #6
progressoid Dec 2012 #8

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:10 PM

1. cool!

Cheers!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:29 PM

2. Great image

 

I wonder what part of 6000 years it took to make it?

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Response to bongbong (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:33 PM

7. Best estimates

place the age of the Cygnus Loop at between 6,000 and 7,000 years BCE, too early for created humans to have seen, but not too early for some of our evolved ancestors, who may have seen the supernova that made it. It would have been visible with the naked eye for several weeks.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:12 PM

3. Dr. Cool!?!

 

He changed his name.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 04:26 AM

4. From the good Rush...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:34 PM

5. Love the grinning face profile on the left side of the pic. The right side looks like his Popeye arm

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:18 PM

6. So why didn't you post the full size image?

What's the problem?

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Response to Shankapotomus (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:00 PM

8. Maybe he needs an Instagram account.



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