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Ep. 16, Page 58
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Comic 1023 - Ep. 16, Page 58

10th May 2012, 3:22 AM in Episode 16 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 10th May 2012, 3:22 AM edit delete
The Egg Nebula, seen in this new Hubble photo, is a dying star gasping out thick clouds of material as it switches between burning its little remaining hydrogen and helium, with the hydrogen collapsing and dissipating from a vast shell that had swelled it briefly to a red giant; the clouds obscure the star itself, but we can see beams of light from it piercing through the clouds, possibly at spots burned through them by jets from the flailing core:


cattservant 10th May 2012, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Outer space isn't really cold and dark at all is it?
smbhax 10th May 2012, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Welllll...the cool pictures tend to focus on the small hot parts. ;) These preplanetary nebulae are in fact exceedingly dim; it takes long exposures with tremendously sensitive telescopes along multiple low-level wavelengths--this one is a mix of visible and infrared--plus probably a lot of cranking up the contrast in Photoshop to make them visible!
cattservant 10th May 2012, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
She's got 'em moving... Now to aim them in the desired direction!
smbhax 10th May 2012, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Man I'm glad she's finally off that bar stool!
moizmad 10th May 2012, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
1 - Selenis forgot her bra.
2 - Egg Nebula, so I guess if there was a life bearing planet, it's almost lights out time.
smbhax 10th May 2012, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
She's a liberated woman! Also this custom tailored jacket thing is wonderfully supportive apparently.