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Hubble Makes Millionth Observation 38

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from the not-bad-for-an-american-telescope dept.
sfcrazy wrote in with an article about the Hubble telescope. From the article: "NASA's Hubble Space Telescope crossed another milestone in its space odyssey of exploration and discovery. On Monday, July 4, the Earth-orbiting observatory logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away."
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Hubble Makes Millionth Observation

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  • by jra (5600) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @10:15AM (#36672016)

    It'll be awfully hard to fix...

  • Artist's Concept (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Spiflicator (64611) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @10:44AM (#36672070)
    Why does it seem like every time I read an article about space imaging, there is an artist's rendition, instead of an actual rendition of the image?
    • Re:Artist's Concept (Score:5, Informative)

      by lucian1900 (1698922) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @10:55AM (#36672142)
      Because the actual image isn't in wavelenghts you can see, has crap resolution and often results indirectly from other information.
      • I get that, which is why I said a "rendition" of the image. Maybe its just that they haven't ever processed the image into anything interesting by the time they issue a press release. Personally, I'd rather see a "real" image than an artist's rendering. I feel like an artist's rendering is what you show on cnn.com, while hubblesite.org, or nasa,gov might show the real thing...
    • Re:Artist's Concept (Score:5, Informative)

      by Lord Crc (151920) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @11:12AM (#36672316)

      Why does it seem like every time I read an article about space imaging, there is an artist's rendition, instead of an actual rendition of the image?

      The actual image would most likely be of the star itself, and usually is just a few pixels wide. Not a lot for people to look at.

      However by observing those pixels over a long time they may see changes in the color / spectrum indicating the vapors in the atmosphere of the planet when it passes in front of the star.

      Here's [nasa.gov] a Hubble image of an actual exoplanet, 25 light years away. The exoplanet they're imaging in the story here is 1000 light years away...

      • Here's [nasa.gov] a Hubble image of an actual exoplanet, 25 light years away. The exoplanet they're imaging in the story here is 1000 light years away...

        Psst, don't tell Gandalf, but I think we've found where Sauron went after Barad Dur was destroyed.

      • I get grumpy about the fact that news feels like they have to protect me from the actual science. They need artists to render what some other dudes imagination thinks the planet might look like. I know scrutinizing those pixels and running their color changes through really long boring formulas was tedious and I don't plan to replicate it, but until I came and read your comment, I wouldn't have known they did any of that.

    • Here's a copy of the real image. Please note that it is a photo-negative: [ . ]

      HAND.
    • by Rich0 (548339)

      Well, even the target is probably contrived to make for an interesting press release.

      If they didn't tweak the sequence the millionth observation would probably be something like "routine image of empty space for dark current calibration" or "routine image of boring star to calibrate sensor xyz" or whatever. I'm sure the schedule was shuffled to make for better reading in the news...

  • The One Millionth Observation? "What's the deal with airline food [...]" The 1,000,001st was about how women are different than men, followed by an anecdote about the Hubble, its spouse, and brushing teeth.
  • "What is the deal with rental car reservations? They never have your car when you show up. It's like they know how to take your reservation, but they don't know how to hold your reservation." -- Hubble

  • the curiousity core: "oooooooh! what is THAT!?"
  • There is another observation for you...

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