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Webb and Chandra take composite X-ray/infrared images of four famous objects

Composite Chandra/Webb image of M16
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Astronomers have now used the Chandra X-ray Observatory and Webb Space Telescope (working in the infrared) to produce spectacular composite false-color X-ray/infrared images of four famous heavenly objects.

To the right is the composite taken of the Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16. It was also dubbed the Pillars of Creation when it was one of the first Hubble images taken after the telescope’s mirror focus was fixed in 1993. From the caption:

The Webb image shows the dark columns of gas and dust shrouding the few remaining fledgling stars just being formed. The Chandra sources, which look like dots, are young stars that give off copious amounts of X-rays. (X-ray: red, blue; infrared: red, green, blue)

The other images include star cluster NGC 346 in a nearby galaxy, the spiral galaxy NGC 1672, and the face-on spiral galaxy Messier 74.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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  • GaryMike


    For a long time I had problems with the term. Fake rendition of reality. Not actually available to our eyes and brains during our actual experiences of reality.

    Then came ‘Night Vision’ technology. Useful in ways that my eyes and brain couldn’t offer me without this new class of ‘eyeglasses’.

    False color means we can see what our eyes and brain cannot. We are able to see what in our lifetime we would never be able to see in its actuality.

    Seeing in false color is better than not ever seeing it at all.

  • Dave Walden

    As man’s technology continues on its timeless journey, a journey from the mud to the stars, fascinating aspects of existence that will “open” to our eyes and mind are timeless as well.

    Philosophically, however, such awe-inspiring images will be used as examples of the seriously silly ideas that “reality is an illusion;” man is incapable of determining “objective reality;” “the senses cannot be trusted;” etc. ad nauseum!

    Meanwhile, the battle between proponents of a freely competitive society of visionary, daring, and creative individuals, and one of anthill, beehive, or herd of lemmings, will continue – provided the latter do not precipitate a mass suicide in the name of protection of the hive, hill, or herd!

  • GaryMike


    America tends to innovate what it needs.

    China tends to steal what they need.

    Roughly similar to your thoughts?

  • Dave Walden

    Yes, Gary, but only in the context of socio-economics and politics. I was speaking philosophically, of those who “oppose” human progress and the freedom enabling it. The Universe, our awareness of it, our conceptual means of identifying reality, those “voices” (philosophers) who impugn each “advance,” and oppose human flourishing.

  • GaryMike

    Nature can do that with an impacting asteroid.

    I get your point(s).

    Gentlemen must be gentle.

    Until that doesn’t work. };^)

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