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Dr. Bantham
01-18-2009, 03:20 PM
No star lives foreveró our own Sun included. After a star like the Sun has used up all its nuclear fuel, it throws off its outer layers and then fades away. Hubble's exquisite images of these glorious displays (called planetary nebulae) provide new insights into the complexities of a star's final days.

Despite the name, planetary nebulae have little to do with planets. They were named over a century ago because through the small telescopes of the day, they resembled planets.

While viewing images of the stars in the midst death throes through the lens of the Hubble Telescope, I was struck with how many of these breathtaking displays resembled a great eye staring back at us. I mirrored a few of these within PhotoShop to create a symmetrical pair, which seems to heighten the eerie effect. I hope to use other visions of heavenly bodies to create complete faces at some point.

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THOMAS LIGOTTI ONLINE - Dr. Bantham's Album: Death of Stars Through Labyrinthine Eyes (http://www.ligotti.net/album.php?albumid=95)
Hubble Telescope Images Capturing the Death Throes of Stars, Symmetrically Mirrored to Mimic a Pair of Eyes

G. S. Carnivals
01-18-2009, 03:38 PM
Jeepers creepers! :eek:

Dr. Bantham
01-18-2009, 04:39 PM
I elected to use one of these eyes for the status icons within the Nethescurial style. The colors seemed to match perfectly.