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Posted: 12 September 2005 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]
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My grandma got this pic in her e-mail.  The caption claims that it’s the eye of god. It looks doctored to me.

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Posted: 12 September 2005 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s an image of the Helix Nebula, also know as the Eye of God.

http://www.skyimagelab.com/helixnebula.html

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Posted: 12 September 2005 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I remember seeing it on snopes: http://www.snopes.com/photos/space/eyeofgod.asp

The Eye of God

Claim:  Photograph taken by the Hubble Telescope shows the ‘Eye of God.’

Status:  True.

Example:  [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

Origins:  This is a real photograph of the Helix Nebula, although it’s technically not a single photograph but rather a composite image formed from several photographs taken by NASA’s orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and a land-based telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.

This image was NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” for 10 May 2003. The picture’s “Eye of God” appellation appears to have been a title coined by an admirer of the photo due to the nebula’s resemblance to a human eye, not something designated by NASA.

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Posted: 12 September 2005 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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So it is real.  For some reason it looks fake to me.

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Posted: 12 September 2005 03:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I think it looks like the one ring from LOTR (even though it doesnt). just me smile

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Posted: 12 September 2005 08:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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well since god doesn’t exist, the names a hoax but the pic is real

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Posted: 13 September 2005 07:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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thunderstruck - 12 September 2005 07:00 PM

I think it looks like the one ring from LOTR (even though it doesnt). just me smile


I was just thinking…Hmm…The eye!!  I was LOTR minded also.

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Posted: 13 September 2005 09:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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If you go to the Hubble page, they got alot of pretty fascinating pics…...they are just amazing…great for wall paper too.

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Posted: 13 September 2005 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Maegan - 13 September 2005 11:21 AM
thunderstruck - 12 September 2005 07:00 PM

I think it looks like the one ring from LOTR (even though it doesnt). just me smile


I was just thinking…Hmm…The eye!!  I was LOTR minded also.

woo hoo! I am not alone!

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Posted: 20 September 2005 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Actually, it never crossed my mind…..

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Posted: 20 September 2005 07:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Definitely a true picture. The Helix nebula is a well know Deep-Sky object n the southern part of the constelllation Aquarius. Its a large planetary nebula, result of a star shedding its outer layers into space.

(the name “planetary nebula” is somewhat misleading as it has nothing to do with planets. The name was coined in the 19th century because many of this type of nebula look like small planetary discs in a telescope).

...thus spoke thy resident amateur astronomer…..

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Posted: 23 September 2005 05:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Dany - 12 September 2005 02:48 PM

So it is real.  For some reason it looks fake to me.

You don’t get around the Galaxy much, do you?

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