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(RedOrbit)   Hubble Space Telescope captures celestial fireworks display 179,000 light years away   ( divider line
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2003-07-04 09:41:50 AM  
It's pretty.

It's so pretty.
2003-07-04 09:43:44 AM  
that is rather spiffy
2003-07-04 09:43:51 AM  
One could even say that HST captured a celestial fireworks display from 179,000 years ago
2003-07-04 09:45:21 AM  
See? America is the shiznitz, even the universe celebrates our existence!

[/newsmax science article]
2003-07-04 09:46:11 AM  
i think hubble disappeared years go and the ruskies are just messing with us with photoshops.
2003-07-04 09:46:24 AM  
It's the Forth of July all the way out there, too.
2003-07-04 09:48:41 AM  
Not that the picture isn't nice or any thing, but is it space week on Fark or something???

For thos of you interexted in spacey kind of pictures there are lots here.

I only know that because some one e-mailed me the link after my post on the last space pic thread.

/slightly confused

2003-07-04 09:49:56 AM  
It's the Virgin Mary. See?
2003-07-04 09:51:00 AM  
..It's full of stars!
2003-07-04 09:51:12 AM  
/me misses Cosmiverse.
2003-07-04 09:54:04 AM  
The Earth is flat, morans.
Space was made up by Ed Wood for Plan 9.
2003-07-04 09:54:32 AM  
The earth was flat 179,000 years ago.
2003-07-04 09:56:30 AM  
I can hardly wait until the Hubble I ordered comes in the mail!
2003-07-04 09:58:26 AM  
I see a pony.
2003-07-04 10:02:04 AM  
Whoa. Space is cool.
2003-07-04 10:03:18 AM  
This picture is better, it looks like a Constable...

[image from too old to be available]

2003-07-04 10:06:03 AM  
bigbox30:- I think you mean Turner
2003-07-04 10:06:41 AM  
God celebrates The Fourth of July too!
2003-07-04 10:06:49 AM  
Lenin - I may aswell say it before some other smart arse farker does, space is 2.73K, which is pretty cool.
2003-07-04 10:09:04 AM  
jay_vee - yes, on reflection i think i did. Actually it reminds me of the childrens cartoon 'ulysses' from about 15 years ago.
2003-07-04 10:10:21 AM  
Ulysee-ee-ee-ee-ees ... no-one else can do things you dooo-ooo
2003-07-04 10:14:23 AM  
jay_vee - I'm impressed, not only that you know the tune but that you were able to spell a song.
2003-07-04 10:15:50 AM  
bigbox30:- And after 3 pints of beer.
2003-07-04 10:16:02 AM  
I've got something here. It's an offset carrier. I think it's audio.
2003-07-04 10:21:31 AM  
Big G See? America is the shiznitz, even the universe celebrates our existence!

Being that this happened approx 179000 light years away that means it also happened 179000 years ago. I don't think America was around dumbass.
2003-07-04 10:23:15 AM  
That settles it. I'm going!
[image from too old to be available]
2003-07-04 10:25:39 AM  
That's a little farked up, actually.
Anyone who's got access to Kai's PowerTools 5 for Photoshop, check out the filter called FraxFlame.
The results look almost identical to this thing when you use it at the default setting and colors.

I'm putting on my tinfoil hat - maybe it's a plot by NASA to get more funding for a bogus project, which will then be funnelled to the military.

Or maybe Rumsfeld did it after his "Use-Fourth-Of-July-To-Celebrate-The-War plan didn't go off very well. Now he wants Americans to think the entire galaxy celebrates the Fourth.

Or maybe it's just that there's a lot of really cool shiat in space that I wish we knew more about.

Or something.
2003-07-04 10:27:41 AM  
Hang on a sec. I'll have to consult the decryption people. It either says "Mars Needs Women" or it's an interview with Al Sharpton on NPR. Hard to tell.
2003-07-04 10:30:09 AM  
sens - Can you do it and post the image.
InternetSecurityGuard - I wondered how long it would take you to post the follow up, eleven minutes, well restrained.

2003-07-04 10:38:04 AM  
See? America is the shiznitz, even the universe celebrates our existence!

[/newsmax science article]

A real NewsMax science article would reveal that the event occured under 6,007 light-years away.
2003-07-04 10:43:10 AM  
Can we reject the idea of monotheism now?
2003-07-04 10:46:13 AM  
Antisemantic - If you want to, sure why not?
2003-07-04 10:48:57 AM  
It looks like Chewbacca.
2003-07-04 10:48:58 AM  
Can you do it and post the image.

I don't have an image host, but here's the closest thing I could find. I think this is from Kai's PowerTools 7.
[image from too old to be available]
WIth a bit of messing around, I bet I could do something pretty similar to this image in less than five minutes.
This one has slightly different colors, but it's easy to change them. And you can click on the windows you see at the upper right as many times as you like, it will give you infinite patterns until you got something close to the Hubble photo. And it can be done with transparency, so I could lay it straight over any jpeg of a starscape to achieve the same effect.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this picture is fake by any stretch of the imagination - I just thought of this filter as soon as I saw it, cause it looks awful damn close to some artistic screwing around I had as my desktop for a long time, against a black background, with nearly the exact same shape.
I guess maybe great minds think alike, and apparently God just likes to play in Photoshop once in a while.
2003-07-04 10:51:37 AM  
BTW, the larger image at the RedNova site appears to be farked.

Anyone have another source for it?
2003-07-04 10:54:05 AM  
Oops, nevermind, it's up at
2003-07-04 10:55:42 AM  

millions more to go!
2003-07-04 10:56:17 AM  
Looks like something I throw-up the day after July 4th.
2003-07-04 10:57:32 AM  
sens - thanks, that's pretty cool. Maths is pretty.
2003-07-04 10:58:11 AM  
They found God's etch-a-sketch.
2003-07-04 11:16:38 AM  
This was news like 179,000 years ago.

2003-07-04 11:21:59 AM  
Weren't the Great Race of Yith roaming the earth 179,000 years ago?

/obscure lovecraftian reference
2003-07-04 11:32:16 AM  
Tax dollars.....wasted......on "pretty pictures"
2003-07-04 11:56:48 AM  

There are a lot more asinine things we waste our tax dollars on; I'm not too concerned about the Hubble, other than NASA's inefficiency at getting anything done.

Side note-- our sun had better not pull any shiat like that while we're around.
2003-07-04 12:04:40 PM  
"There are a lot more asinine things we waste our tax dollars on; I'm not too concerned about the Hubble, other than NASA's inefficiency at getting anything done."

That's exactly what im pissed about, the last really cool thing NASA did was the Mars Rover...that was what, '98?....All they've been doing since then is killing people (Columbia) and crashing very expensive ships into stuff (the OTHER mars probe and this Comet thing they're about to do)
2003-07-04 12:16:27 PM  

NASA conducts scientific research. Included in the sphere of research are experiments. Included in the sphere of experiments is failure. Some -- albeit very few -- of NASA's failures are asinine (the conversion faux pas a few years back, for instance), but even those serve their purpose: NASA doesn't make the same mistake twice. NASA's failures are merely more public than those of others.

Also, re: the Hubble: it's been in service for a while now, and it's done much more than take pretty pictures. The pretty pictures are just a nice bonus.

Personally, I'd much rather see money go to NASA than see it funneled into missile defense.
2003-07-04 12:26:41 PM  
Denoted N 49, or DEM L 190, this remnant is from a massive star that died in a supernova blast whose light would have reached Earth thousands of years ago.

This is star-snuff!
2003-07-04 01:40:40 PM  
No if light would travel a little faster, we wouldn't have this problem. Damned light.
2003-07-04 03:41:08 PM  
Crashnburn, have a farking sence of humor. And just because you don't find a joke humorous dosn't mean the person making the joke lacks intelligence. No one actually thinks that this happened because of today's date.. dumbass.

This is a pretty picture, but I hate how they add the color filters for different gasses... Space looks amazing enough how it already is.
2003-07-04 05:38:45 PM  
"I'm okay to go! Okay to go! Oh-oh-o-o-o-ka-ay-ay-ay-ay to go-o-o-o!"
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