Hubble Carina Nebula Ice Spires by NASA?

Okay, so over the past few days I’ve encountered this quite a lot:

In fact, because of my work in astro-photography and research in astronomy, I’ve gotten numerous questions about this on my Facebook feed… It’s a beautiful photo, but most people realize that something just doesn’t feel quite right about it.

The truth of the matter is: This is the work of a digital artist. While the outer edges of the social graphic are real photos of space, the center portion – the supposed “ice spires” is COMPLETELY fabricated using a digital effect. There are 3rd Party Photoshop plugins that will simulate this effect, and it was clearly meant to be a stylized artistic photo, NOT a real area of space.


That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some pretty awesome galaxies/nebulae/formations in space. Some, I have personally photographed through our ministries’ very large telescopes.

Below is a sample of NASA/Hubble photos of REAL objects in space. Feel free to share!

David Rives
Truly, the Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Unless noted in the description of the photo, these are all REAL photos of space, taken either by the David Rives Ministries' Observatory-class telescopes, by NASA, or Hubble. Feel free to share!

Posted by David Rives Ministries on Friday, January 22, 2016