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Spiral Galaxy M74 from the Hubble Telescope

Photo on the left is the photograph, and the greyscale canvas is on the right

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Left is my sample painting. When I was finished I added glow-in-the-dark paint and some glitter and metallic touches. The photo on the right shows it glowing in a dark room.

These designs are not as hard to paint as one might think. I have taken the actual photograph from the Hubble website, and turned them into a greyscale image that I print on the canvas. YOUR job is to add the color and whatever additives, like glowing paint glitter and luminescent pigments.

(Text from the Hubble Website) The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.

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 The "Wing" of the Small Magellanic Cloud
Hubble image is on the left, the greyscale canvas on the right

Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Hubble image is on the left, the greyscale canvas on the right


In commemoration of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope completing its 100,000th orbit in its 18th year of exploration and discovery, scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., have aimed Hubble to take a snapshot of a dazzling region of celestial birth and renewal.

Hubble peered into a small portion of the nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074 (upper, left). The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170,000 light-years away near the Tarantula nebula, one of the most active star-forming regions in our Local Group of galaxies.

To read more go to http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2008/31/image/a/

Galaxy M-82 NGC 3034

Hubble image is on the left, the greyscale canvas on the right

Composite of multi-wavelength images of the active galaxy M82 from the three Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Spitzer Space Telescope. X-ray data recorded by Chandra (courtesy of NASA/CXC/JHU/D.Strickland) appears here in blue; infrared light recorded by Spitzer (courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/C. Engelbracht (University of Arizona)) appears in red; Hubble's observations (courtesy of NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)) of hydrogen emission appears in orange, and the bluest visible light appears in yellow-green.

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Butterfly Nebula NGC 6302

Hubble image is on the left, the greyscale canvas on the right


This celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly. But it is far from serene.

What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour—fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes!

A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. This object is an example of a planetary nebula, so-named because many of them have a round appearance resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope

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Celestial Fireworks
Official Hubble 25th Anniversary Image

Hubble image is on the left, the greyscale canvas on the right


APRIL 23, 2015: NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks — a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The comparatively young, 2-million-year-old star cluster contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive stars. The largest stars are unleashing a torrent of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds that etch away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud. This creates a fantasy celestial landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys.

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The Pillars of Creation

One of the most beloved images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is this one. It’s called the Pillars of Creation, and Hubble first captured it in 1995. Now Hubble has revisited this part of the sky, and the result is the image above: a clearer-than-ever, stunning view of the giant columns of the Pillars of Creation. Researchers presented this image and its scientific results on January 5, 2015 at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington.

The Pillars of Creation is a part of the Eagle Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 16, a region of gas and dust where new stars are forming.

Thanks to www.earthsky.org for the image and text