Monday, April 14, 2008

Welcome, NOVA

Okay there was nothing visible in that dimension of space on 4/7/08.  Three days later, Japanese astronomers spotted a 7th magnitude NOVA which by all indications, is huge. 

              

I know it doesn't look exciting, until you realize what you're looking at.  See the upper light, the brightest light in this picture?  That's a star that was already there, in an area of outer space called Cygnus.  See the other one?  That wasn't there before, now it is.  It's a NOVA and this shot was captured by two Italians in New Mexico with a rented scope.  The new star is brightening, isn't this wondrous?  Isn't life so awesome and inspiring? 

Yeah.    Basics courtesy of AAVSO, Gryphon, Smithsonian Obs.        

11 comments:

pharmolo said...

Magnitude 7 is huge, Cathy, even though we cannot see that with the naked eye.

aimer said...

This is wondrous. Thank you for sharing!--Sheria

shrbrisc said...

cool
thanks for sharing
hugs
Sherry

lanurseprn said...

They are beautiful! They look like diamonds against black velvet.
Pam

princesssaurora said...

The birth of new worlds... amazing!

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

rdautumnsage said...

The beauty of the birth of a star, amazing doesn't seem to encompass how huge this is. (Hugs) Indigo

ally123130585918 said...

This is amazing ~ Ally x

xxroxymamaxx said...

Very cool!!  I love stars.  Love, Shelly

wwfbison said...

It is wonderous - new life is awesome.
xx
Lisa

steviemoore83 said...

Wow...that's awesome!

I wonder who exactly is living out there.....we can't be the only ones! Dya think they have music and tv? lol! I'd love to watch some of their shows..haha!

Lv Stevie
xxx

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