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Hubble's gorgeous 'Mystic Mountain' remastered

13 Mar 2020, 13:00 UTC
Hubble's gorgeous 'Mystic Mountain' remastered
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In 2010, on the 20th anniversary of the launch of Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, astronomers and artists put together a stunning image of a small piece of the vast Carina Nebula. The whole nebula is beyond enormous, but Hubble was looking at one part of it where young stars are being born.

I wrote about this at the time, and the original images are there, too.

I bring this up again, nearly ten years later, because Judy Schmidt, aka Geekzilla, has turned to these images to essentially remaster them; using the original data and combining them in her own way to create a color image. She is, well, a master at this, so feast your brain on what she did:

A star-forming nebula in Carina carved into a huge tower by massive stars. Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI), and Judy Schmidt

Yegads. Isn't that spectacular? Not only that, but her image uses the full dataset, which extends down well below what the original release showed. I wasn't even aware the original one didn't have the whole image in it!

The original one has much brighter and more vivid colors, so it is ...

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