Six years ago this week, hubble set its sights on the horsehead nebula, capturing this #hubbleclassic in infrared light. while the nebula looks dark and shadowy in visible light, it appears more transparent and ethereal in the infrared.
the backlit wisps along the horsehead's upper ridge are illuminated by sigma orionis, a young multi-star system just off the top of the hubble image. a harsh ultraviolet glare from one of these bright stars is slowly evaporating the nebula. atop the horse's "head," two fledgling stars peek out from their now-exposed nurseries.
gas clouds surrounding the horsehead have already dissipated, but the tip of this jutting pillar contains a slightly higher density of hydrogen and helium, laced with dust. this casts a shadow that protects material behind it from being photo-evaporated, and a pillar structure forms. astronomers estimate that the horsehead formation has about five million years left before it too disintegrates.
located about 1,500 light-years away, the horsehead nebula is part of a much larger complex in the constellation orion known as the orion molecular cloud, which also houses the orion nebula (m42), the flame nebula, and barnard's loop.
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credits: nasa, esa, and the hubble heritage team (stsci/aura)
In celebration for today's astronomy photographer of the year being chosen, i thought i'd post the image that was nominated. this image remains to date one of my favorites. at the time, it was by far the most time i had ever spent processing an image, equating to over 10 hours. by the end of it though, i couldn't have been happier with the end product. not only that, but it was around the time of this image, that my work really started picking up steam on here and on reddit. it's been quite a year, i only hope the next year is as exciting and filled with even more clear skies and moonless nights.
“the full moon on the 24th of october is in earthy sign taurus. the full moon will strengthen us, help us become more aware of what triggers us and our weaker points. it will help us to find our calm center when the storm hits. there will always be storms coming our way in life. sometimes we can feel it coming and sometimes it hits us by surprise. we learn how to pause, how to feel and not react out of ego or defense. .
some of us might have been experiencing chaos within the last days, experienced loss, financial instability, or issues in relationships. .
venus is in scorpio and still in retrograde. she is still strongly influenced by this full moon and it can cause uncertainty in finances and in relationships. we might hear things that we don’t want to hear but we need to. we have the chance to grow in our relationships and create true intimacy if we stay centered within. .
so if your plans have suddenly changed in the last days, or will change, take a deep breath. pause. it might be exactly what needs to happen. taurus is supporting us in letting our roots grow deep into earth so that so storm can harm us if we are in our center.”
via @clara_energyhealing .
Some of us suffer from anxiety or panic attacks. food with tryptophan like bananas can help. putting our focus on our breathing can help. learning to let go and not identify with our thoughts also! have a wonderful day, instagram!
the october full moon, also known as the hunters moon falls into the planetary house of fixed sign taurus.
this full moon is all about re-establishing our excitement for life, all around change, and moving forward with peace.
saturns energy during this time will turn unexpected changes into opportunities as well as all uncertainty into reassurance and commitment.
not only are you being called to make peace with your present, but you are being called to bring peace with you as you move forward and endlessly evolve.
this full moon is all about seeing a new light, it’s about giving yourself permission to step into the life and the person that you are meant to embrace at this time in your life.
now is a time of dreams, excitement, compassion, and traveling forward a little lighter and with a lot more peace.
Are you comparing yourself with others sometimes! society may dictates us some standards if you let it do so. trust yourself, you are enough and abundant! hope your day is wonderful and if not, i hope it gets better! peace instagram! 😊