One of the most beautiful astronomy images of the year…Indeed. Cold Fire in Orion In astronomy, as in life, what you see depends on how you see it. Our eyes are sensitive to visible light, a very narrow slice of the electromagnetic spectrum. When we look at M78, a cloud of gas and dust near Orion’s belt, we see only the material that emits or reflects visible light. Interstellar dust, thickly spread throughout the region, is cold and black. But if you had infrared eyes, that dust would glow with thermal light in the far, far infrared. The APEX telescope is designed to see that light, and when combined with a visible light image from the Digitized Sky Survey, you get the incredible picture above. The APEX shot is colored orange, so what looks black to our eyes glows like fire in this image. The bright knots of light are where new stars are being born, enshrouded in thick dust. If all we could see was visible light, those stars would be completely invisible, and we’d be missing the best part of the show. Credit Image: APEX Credit Caption: Bad_Astronomy (via Mia Beyer)
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meditation .. BY MIKE DUBOIS
You may think that you are earthly beings
but you have been kneaded
from the substance of certainty.
You are the guardians of God’s light, so come,
return to the root of the root of your own self.