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Eroica
2005-Feb-20, 03:58 PM
So-called by Gerald North. It's part of the Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3372) that surrounds Eta Carinae. It's in the top left-hand corner of the images.

Light and Shadow in the Carina Nebula (http://www.solarviews.com/cap/ds/keyhole.htm)

The pronounced pillars and knobs of the upper left cloud appear to point toward a luminous, massive star located just outside the field further toward the upper left, which may be responsible for illuminating and sculpting them by means of its high-energy radiation and stellar wind of high-velocity ejected material. These large dark clouds may eventually evaporate, or if there are sufficiently dense condensations within them, give birth to small star clusters.

[Edit: :oops: Oops! I meant top left-hand corner]

um3k
2005-Feb-20, 04:06 PM
Do you mean the top left-hand corner?

Eroica
2005-Feb-20, 04:27 PM
Do you mean the top left-hand corner?
:oops: Opps! Yeah, I meant top left-hand corner (OP edited now). Thanks!

Normandy6644
2005-Feb-20, 04:41 PM
That image has always made me laugh. It also (to me) looks like a lizard is hanging on to the bottom of the hand!

ngc3314
2005-Feb-21, 06:49 PM
That image has always made me laugh. It also (to me) looks like a lizard is hanging on to the bottom of the hand!

One colleague, who may wish to remain anonymous, said this nebula made him think that humanity was perhaps not going to look so good in its upcoming quarterly job-performance review...

Astronomically related topic, for those who've never heard of it: Galileo's middle digit survives in a museum. See http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/finger.html

I think of it as his final gesture to the Universe.

Normandy6644
2005-Feb-21, 07:27 PM
That image has always made me laugh. It also (to me) looks like a lizard is hanging on to the bottom of the hand!

One colleague, who may wish to remain anonymous, said this nebula made him think that humanity was perhaps not going to look so good in its upcoming quarterly job-performance review...

Astronomically related topic, for those who've never heard of it: Galileo's middle digit survives in a museum. See http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/finger.html

I think of it as his final gesture to the Universe.

That is simultaneously hilarious and creepy.

beskeptical
2005-Feb-22, 01:54 AM
That image has always made me laugh. It also (to me) looks like a lizard is hanging on to the bottom of the hand!

One colleague, who may wish to remain anonymous, said this nebula made him think that humanity was perhaps not going to look so good in its upcoming quarterly job-performance review...

Astronomically related topic, for those who've never heard of it: Galileo's middle digit survives in a museum. See http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/finger.html

I think of it as his final gesture to the Universe.Galileo's final gesture to the Church leaders perhaps? :P

Charlie in Dayton
2005-Feb-22, 02:22 AM
I do believe our own BA has a different interpretation of that particular section of the Universe...he sees a superhero taking flight, rescuing some poor schlub by dragging him along by the scruff of the neck...

Taibak
2005-Feb-22, 05:13 AM
Ah... one of my favorite nebulas. :)


I do believe our own BA has a different interpretation of that particular section of the Universe...he sees a superhero taking flight, rescuing some poor schlub by dragging him along by the scruff of the neck...

Actually, along those (http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0401/20/greenlantern176.jpg) lines.... (http://www.heroesanddragons.com/Archive/Reviews/TugsPick/images/Green_Lantern_v3_176.jpg)

Manchurian Taikonaut
2005-Feb-22, 12:44 PM
what will Hoagland make of this up-yours message from the alien nebula #-o ?

Normandy6644
2005-Feb-22, 04:00 PM
what will Hoagland make of this up-yours message from the alien nebula #-o ?

They were obviously trying to tell us something.....8000 years ago. :wink:

JHotz
2005-Mar-12, 06:26 AM
I dying. I think what is so funny is the way it is tucked in the corner like a practical joke

mickal555
2005-Mar-12, 09:35 AM
Its a Sign from god.

ToSeek
2005-Mar-13, 01:12 AM
I attended a talk by Mario Livio (of the Space Telescope Science Institute) today. He showed the image as one of his slides and commented, "I think this is nature telling us theoreticians where to get off!"