Where stars are born ...


21 Responses to “Where stars are born ...”

  1. abulafia says:

    Reminds me of Sunborn; http://www.starrigger.net/forthcoming.htm

    Also, I’d like to remind you all of Oscar Wilde’s little quip: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

    Well, those of us with intelligence and imagination anyway. The rest are fighting over bits of earth.

  2. Sapa says:

    It’s an awesome image, thank you

  3. Anonymous says:

    My god, it’s full of stars.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A gorgeous image, to be sure.

    Has anyone ever played Homeworld? One of the many reasons I loved that game were the very beautiful space environments that you traveled through, which were inspired by images like this.

    However, upon searching around for images about what space might actually look like, I started noticing the fine print: turns out, space doesn’t actually look like this. Color has been added to represent wavelengths that are not visible to humans! So as beautiful as these images are, if you had a starship out there, the view through the window would be far different. Compare the image shown in this post with some of the amateur images of the same nebula:


  5. Cowicide says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for a great post, Lee!

    I’m checking out some stuff now.

  6. Felloslav says:

    Here’s a great and huge image of the Orion Nebula made by the Hubble Space Telescope. There are all kinds of magic happening there, it’s really awe-inspiring to look at it.


  7. sarah says:

    There’s actually a citizen science project based around exactly these wonderful Spitzer images, set up by the folks who brought you the awesome Galaxy Zoo. It’s called Milky Way Project (milkywayproject.org, @milkywayproj on twitter), and I’m a member of the science team. Anyone can sign up and is invited to mark all sorts of features in these images: bubbles, knots, dark clouds…. Go check it out.

  8. 3lliot says:

    It’s nice to be reminded about the mind-blowing scale of our environment. Sitting in an office, as I am now, my world shrinks down to a boring, oppressive 30-foot box, and seemingly my goals, aspirations, hopes, dreams, all shrink too… but when I look at a photo like this, I’m reminded that our staggeringly massive, beautiful and complex universe contains an infinite variety of worlds, any of which could harbour civilisations that would completely blow my mind. 80 years is not enough. bring on anti-senescence…

    • Cowicide says:

      It’s amazing how viewing images like this can transport our souls when we really think about what we’re looking at.

      Spitzer images… just look at them.

  9. Cruxx says:

    I saw the title and thought this was going to be about Showtime at the Apollo. “Where stars are born and legends are made”.

    Yeah, I’m an idiot.

  10. Ugly Canuck says:

    It is remarkable that star-formation is also thought to be occurring in Hanny’s Voorwerp:


  11. Anonymous says:

    I keep seeing references to “space dust”, could someone please explain what that is and where it comes from.

  12. YarbroughFair says:


  13. Ugly Canuck says:

    Gee that last was a bit too preachy (and weirdly Egyptian) for me; this perf of “Space Is The Place” is much groovier, and w/o preaching:


  14. Rob Beschizza says:

    Test comments in the moderation thread, if you please!

  15. nixiebunny says:

    Lucky you. I work in radio astronomy, where the typical “product” is a graph with a jagged horizontal line, with a little spike in the middle if you’re lucky and you found the molecule of interest.


    is an example.

    The folks down the street at the Large Binocular Telescope can make pretty pictures (huge file):


  16. imag says:

    Holy f-ing crap.

    Images like those make me want a better monitor. And 3lliot: you said it.

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