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The Ongoing Beauty of the Cosmos

I am simply taken back by the beauty of this shot.  This is none other than the famed M78 nebula in the constellation Orion.  What is even more impressive is that this was a contest winning shot by an amateur astronomical photographer Igor Chekalin.  The contestants didn’t actually shoot the photographs, but they took data shot from an observatory.  Through hours of interpreting, and enhancing details within the data that the large telescopes of the European Southern Observatory images such as the one above were discovered.   The level of detail here is simply amazing.  The interstellar dust in the image take on a cloud-like quality.  You can almost see images appear in the details of the picture, much like you would when observing clouds here on Earth on a summer day.

If you would like to see what others were able to find in this contest, be sure to click the picture.  This just goes to show you that some of the most beautiful, artful, or moving things in the world are not discovered or created by professionals.

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

3 Responses to The Ongoing Beauty of the Cosmos

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  2. Becky says:

    This post and your tornado post from last week got me to thinking about your question of focus. If you really wanted a focus – something predictable for your readers to anticipate – you could have themed days. Each Monday, post a photo – either one you took or one you found online. Every Tuesday, blog on technology. Every Wednesday, discuss a philosophical idea you’ve been pondering. Every Thursday, tell a humourous story. Every Friday, link to a fun/cool/interesting/educational website. Get what I’m saying? Anyway, just a thought. And thanks for sharing this. BEAUTIFUL. As a Christian, your final statement in this blog spoke volumes to me: “”This just goes to show you that some of the most beautiful, artful or moving things in the world are not discovered or created by professionals.” Agreed…but I’d add that they also aren’t all created by humans.

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Ironically I have been pondering “focusing” in a more specific manner similar to what you have suggested…

      Thanks for the ongoing feedback…and glad you enjoyed the picture…

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