Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Pillars of Creation

What better way to start my blog than posting one of my dearest sample of photons?

      One of the most famous regions in the sky, the Eagle Nebula is situated about 7000 light years away in the constellation Serpens (Cauda) and is a breathtaking birthplace: this is where stars form! The pillars formed when young, very hot stars eroded their environment through fast winds and pushed material away with their radiation pressure.

    In this image there are many hours of data and even more hours of processing work. It was an early, cold morning when I tried to capture some light from this region of our galaxy and when the first Hydrogen-alpha frame was downloaded into the computer all my sleep ran away, fast!. Until late twilight I kept taking data, enthusiastically waiting for the next frame, seeing the signal slowly growing out of the noise. 

     Tremendous morale boost after these endlessly clouded German skies.

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