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Flames of an Angel

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Tom, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    Organic Molecule on Extrasolar Planet

    Credit: ESA/ NASA/ UCL (G. Tinetti), Posted on: Thursday, 20 March 2008, 06:43 CDT Download full size image
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. They made the finding by studying how light from the host star filters through the planet’s atmosphere. This breakthrough is an important step in eventually identifying signs of life on a planet outside our solar system. The molecule found by Hubble is methane, which under the right circumstances can play a key role in prebiotic chemistry — the chemical reactions considered necessary to form life as we know it. This illustration depicts the extrasolar planet HD 189733b with its parent star peeking above its top edge.

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  2. painkiller64

    painkiller64 Avoid A Void

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    We are on the long road to getting off this rock and moving out there amongst the stars
     
  3. Tom

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    You can't see the angel unless you click on the picture and see it full-size
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    If that's an Angel, then I think it came from below rather than above.
     
  5. Tom

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    Well, I think it looks like an angel
     
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    Oh, I agree, the top half looks like the classic wings-spread angel image but, with the dark misty shape of it, one needs to keep in mind that there are angels in both Heaven & Hell.
     
  7. Tom

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    Since this is a painting and not a picture it had to be purposely drawn. I wonder what significance it holds for the artist?
    I was making no distiction of heaven or hell. That was your own assignment. Given the content of the article and the inference that life molecules are present perhaps the artist included that image to represent a divine influence. Notice the filaments extending out from the spot?
     

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