Monday, January 08, 2007

Hubble Bubble boil and trouble

Hubble's Sharpest View of the Orion Nebula

This is an image taken with the Hubble telescope and made freely available for use on the HubbleSite - Gallery.

Is it me or does this one look like something a fantasy games designer could have done?

I can see a wizard sending magical beams at some strange one-eyed smiling beastie!

What do you see?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

when i were nobbut a lad my grandfather used to get these periodical encyclopedias and for a while they'd put on the back cover an artist's interpretation of what it looked like on different planets or one of their moons - it was all fanciful stuff because i imagine no one had a real clue. later on they reminded me of album covers done by Roger Dean - you know, for bands like Yes and Uriah Heep all those prog-rock noggins and wazzocks! I'm sure it is a very derivative genre all tied into fantasy and sci-fi.

It reminds me of petrol seeping into a puddle by the side of the road.

Caroline said...

Ian - so do you think its forgotten viewings of such fantasy pictures of scenes from space that are stimulating me to see this photo from Hubble as though it were a prog-rock albumn cover?

Now I'm seeing it as a duel to the death between a robot and the wisard as they tear apart the head of a light being...

Maybe your view is saner...

Anonymous said...

I can see a long necked horse type beastie, a bit like a crude cave painting of a horse, jumping over the moon, and under the moon is a dog like beastie made of plasticine, with a big tongue, sounds like a nurseryrhyme to me...hey diddle diddle!

tammy vitale said...

a dragon on the left and a half face on the right and some awesomely amazing colors. (but those who know me would say I see dragons everyone, considering i AM one. =])

Caroline said...

Jo - i can see those too now you've mentioned them! Thank you!

Tammy - ah you are dragon are you? Thanks for letting me know! I wonder if your dragon is Jo's horse?

isay said...

i can see a witch and people floating around and some bumping each other(?????)

Guyana-Gyal said...

We have a medical book with photos of our innards, lots of see-through 'plates,' each showing a different section, and you can place all the plates together to get a whole picture.

That's what Hubble looks like. Inside the human body.

steve said...

Breathtaking caroline. Thanks for posting this wonderful image, so nice to see after a long Monday!

Caroline said...

Isay - I haven't spotted the witch yet - I'll keep on looking!

GG - that book sounds like its really good for visualing one's insides.

Steve - thanks - there are loads more beautiful images in their gallery.

isay said...

i have forgotten to tell you before that I still have to buy a new printer hence the reason for not being able to produce satisfactory print outs.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That blows my mind. I usually tell people that I'm not interested in astronomy, that I prefer botany and biology. I feel like I relate better to them, but this just put me in a trance.

By the way, I'm getting used to my statement glasses a bit more today. Thanks for the encouragement.

Caroline said...

Isay - I'm not sure what you are referring to here - sorry I seem to have lost the thread...

Potato Print - glad you liked it - I used to love astronomy - I found it very romantic until I realised it meant having to stay up late... which as a morning person at the time wasn't practical! I'm sure your glasses become you!

Anonymous said...

I see ME! MWAHAHHAHHAAAA ...

Caroline said...

Hellcat you are looking astronomically wonderful! Scary too...

Anonymous said...

*pffffffffft*

Caroline said...

Oh oh you've done a Cheshire cat but there isn't even a grin left!

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