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The Jellyfish Nebula
The Jellyfish Nebula, IC 443, is a galactic supernova remnant, in the constellation Gemini, that occurred 8,000 years ago. It is one of the best studied cases of supernova remnants, interacting with surrounding molecular clouds. IC 443 spans about 65 light-years at an estimated distance of 5,000 light-years.

The image uses the Hubble Palette. The SII data (sulfur) are mapped to the red channel, the Ha (hydrogen) to the green and the 0III (oxygen) data are mapped to the blue channel.
Taken from 1/14/2014 to 4/3/2014 in Chino Valley, AZ
Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor
SBIG STF-8300M camera using AstroDon narrowband filters.
Losmandy G11 mount
Exposure Details:
SII 585 min.
Ha 540 min.
OIII 810 min.

Credit & Copyright: Astrophotographer Bob Franke

#Hubble   #Space   #Astronomy #Nebula #JellyFish #Supernova #Remnant #Galactic #IC443 #Gemini #Universe #Cosmos  
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NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'
From JPL: Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. Shown: The artistic concept of Kepler-186f is the result of scientists and artists collaborating to imagine the appearance of these distant worlds. Image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech
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As the TechLead for the Google Camera I am immensely proud to announce the launch of the unbundled Google Camera app for Android. We have completely redone the application to not only make it look better, but also take better pictures.

You have to try out our new mode Lens Blur, which lets you shoot photos that look like they have been taken with a DSLR due to their shallow depth of field. Check out the attached example.

Before I joined the Google Camera team I worked on Photo Sphere. That team made panorama taking even better this time. First of all you can take 50 megapixel panorama photos with your phone (yes, you read this correctly!), second of all you can now use the brand new Panorama mode to quickly snap a wide angle mode either horizontally or vertically. Check out the super cool wide-angle panorama I shot two weeks ago. It’s 21 megapixels taken with my Nexus 5! With this size you can easily print a really big poster from it and hang it on your wall! :)

The last thing I want to mention is the viewfinder. You might wonder why the capture button fills up so much space… people complained a lot about the previous camera’s viewfinder cropping pixels - meaning that when you took a photo, the final result would contain more pixels than what you saw on the screen. This means it was impossible to carefully frame a shot exactly the way you wanted it. We heard you, so this is now a thing of the past! With the new app, what you see if what you get (WYSIWYG).

I hope you enjoy this new camera app and the new possibilities it gives you. I am curious to hear what you like and what you don’t like. Now that we are on the Play Store we will work hard on pushing new updates more often than in the past. So stay tuned for more improvements and new features in the near future.

If you have a Nexus 4, 5, 7 or 10 with KitKat, you should get the update automatically. If you have another KitKat phone, head over to the Play Store and get the app now:

And now go out to take and share some cool photos, videos, photo spheres, panoramas or Lens Blur photos :)

Follow me, +Evan Rapoport and others to see some of the amazing things we were capturing in the last few weeks while testing. Also make sure to follow +Adam Lasnik  for updates on Google Maps Views.

#lensblur   #photosphere   #googlecamera   #newgooglecamera   #panorama   #tinyplanet  
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Considered one of the best forensic anthropologists in the world, Bruno Frohlich uses a CT machine to study everything from dinosaur fossils to a mass burial of Buddhist monks.
CT scanners let scientists peer inside objects while keeping them intact. Frohlich has scanned everything from mummies to Stradivarius violins.
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Vote now on what you think our next spacesuit prototype should look like! There are three designs to choose from:   #Z2
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The Hubble Space Telescope takes a picture of deep space
This long-exposure image taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is the deepest-ever picture taken of a cluster of galaxies, and also contains images of some of the intrinsically faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected. The photo  was released January of this year.

It amazing to think that this is just one section of the sky. Multiply this image by the millions and you have an idea of the immensity of the universe. Galaxies contain varying numbers of planets, star systems, star clusters and types of interstellar clouds. In between these objects is a sparse interstellar medium of gas, dust, and cosmic rays. Super massive black holes reside at the center of most galaxies. They are thought to be the primary driver of active galactic nuclei found at the core of some galaxies. The Milky Way galaxy is known to harbor at least one such object.

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Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone
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Google has launched the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
Good news for Android users: you're now able to access your desktop computer directly via your smartphone or tablet.
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A handful of Google engineers and designers are building a phone the DARPA way
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