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IRAS 05437+2502 taken by Hubble. Astronomy Picture of the Day

Not sure why I like it so much, but I absolutely love this image. The structure in the blue-grey dust cloud is stunning in itself, but that bright peak really tops it off, if you see what I mean. Apart from that, can't really say anything else, just stunning... :)

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Looks like the spot Superman goes to when he has some deep thoughts to unravel. That is an Ice place though, this is a heap of dust, but decorated with starlight. Hard to believe it's only 1/4 the size of the moon. That's Hubble for you.

Ron.

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'A heap of dust, but decorated with starlight.' I think the phrase is even better than the image! TBH I find the picture tad 'Hollywood' but only a tad. If I ignore the diffraction spikes the conical dust structure is breathtaking.

Olly

PS Collimation's not bad!!

Edited by ollypenrice

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Hmmm, do Hubble pictures inherently have diffraction spikes at all? Or have these been added to make it look more Christmassy (sorry, Holiday Seasony)?

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