Okay, so over the past few days I’ve encountered this quite a lot:
Via Hubble The cosmic ice sculptures of the Carina Nebula Scientists are still trying 2 explain the beautiful spires pic.twitter.com/nNM6VOV2ZN
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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!
Truly, the Heavens Declare the Glory of God