The Universe Is Fucking Rad

  • trj

    The colors are fucking false.

    • Artor

      But they’re still fucking awesome.

      • Reginald Selkirk

        I say nay on the long exposure. To make a long exposure of the night sky, you need a telescope mount with a clock drive; i.e. one that rotates as the Earth spins to keep the stars at the same place in the image, rather than appearing as streaks. That obviously isn’t the case here, since the mountains do not appear to move.

        SOLVED!

        After some intense detective work (i.e. 5 minutes with Google Image), I found this:
        Through the Clouds, Night by ~Jeddaka. This is the original uncropped image without the fucking rad overscript. Note that it is classified as “digital art,” that Photoshop is specifically mentioned, and that a link is provided to Nebula Courtesy NASA, which goes to “this Hubble telescope image of the crab nebula,” whose caption states, “The above image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is presented in three colors chosen for scientific interest.” (Although those colour choices are not further described.)

        So it is a composite. Other than that, I think the mountain peaks are digitally generated (an alternate rendering is linked), and probably the individual stars as well.

        It is a bit ironic that this piece of fiction is used as a call-out to the beauty of the actual universe.

        • Reginald Selkirk

          “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Probably because I included two links. Please moderate and approve it quickly, thank you. You are fucking rad.

          • http://gregboscole.wordpress.com Greg Boscole

            Sir, you are awesome.
            Take this Massimo Zanetti’s coffee, you deserve it.

    • Danielcb

      I thought they were just long exposure; they’re not added on.

      • Paul

        Two things about why we don’t readily see those colours. One night vision isn’t really geared towards colours. Two, like Danielcb says, long exposure is required. While the Hubble Telescope does see visible and thus the images are actually coloured that way (unlike something like Spitzer or Chandra which aren’t observing visible light), the light is too spread out by the time it reaches us to see anything noticeable other than the fact that there is light coming from that direction. So longer exposure collects more light and allows us to then observe the details present from colour.

        • Paul

          *Meant for trj, above.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I don’t know about this particular image, but many of the fucking rad astronomy images you see are false colour. This is often necessary, because they may contain image data that is not in the visible spectrum; such as infrared, ultraviolet or even X-ray. I get annoyed when false colour images are propagated without a description of the colour manipulation.

    • Paul

      Yeah, they do shift the colors into the visual range for us humans but they are still fucking rad. If not done, it would largely be an empty frame. It shows us what is really out there. “False colors” is really not fair to the presentation.

      • trj

        The universe is fucking rad, and it’s not to blame for our pathetically limited sense of vision which requires us to manipulate its colors to experience it more fully. I agree to that. I just found it to be a dishonest picture.

        • Reginald Selkirk

          Unfortunate that we do not have the visual range of mantis shrimps, the peak of all creation! Mantis shrimps can see in IR, UV, and two different kinds of polarized light.

          As to the picture being ‘dishonest,’ I think I nailed that above.

          • trj

            Yep, in fact you said exactly what I wanted to say: the colors are false, the pic is not long exposure, and it’s not a view you’ll ever see together with an Earth horizon.

            The universe is fucking rad; using obvious photoshoppery to fake its radness just takes away from that point.

            This picture is an insult to universes everywhere.

            • UrsaMinor

              Indeed. I’m worried now that the universe will pack up its wonders and go home in a fit of righteous indignation.

            • Kodie

              I thought this picture and especially the caption someone added to it was actually kind of sarcastic, not inspirational, and not intended to represent a page from a science textbook. It’s also been noted in the past that Daniel is not that discerning of material he posts and he just posts shit he likes from reddit.

            • Daniel Florien

              It’s funny. That’s about it.

            • Reginald Selkirk

              I have no objection to the image as a work of art. Apparently the artist was honest about what he/she was producing. It is someone else who confused it with reality.

      • http://www.facebook.com/saundra.alma Saundra Alma

        FUCKING RAAAAAD

  • http://lonewolfsden.net/ Lone Wolf

    Yeah it’s like totally radical ‘n shit man. Look at a rainbow man, billions of watter droplets refracting light ‘n shit, your body’s made of billions of microscopic cells man and those cells are made of molecules and those molecules are made of atoms which are made are made of smaller particles which are made of smaller particles which might be made out of vibrating strings. I know how it works and it makes it more awesome dude.
    *take a hit off a bong*
    Wait, what was I saying? Let’s order a pizza.

    • Sunny Day

      Pizza is more awesome than the universe.

      • Reginald Selkirk

        But the universe contains pizza, so that means there must be something else in the universe which is negatively awesome.

        • UrsaMinor

          May I suggest that Michelle Bachman might be the missing negative awesomeness in the universe that counterbalances pizza? Heck, she’s got enough negative awesomeness left over to counterbalance the existence of sex, too. And maybe even adorable puppies.

          • Reginald Selkirk

            Thinking about Michele Bachmann makes me not want to have sex.

            • UrsaMinor

              I rest my case.

        • trj

          If you order a pizza with everything will that cause the universe to collapse?

          • http://www.facebook.com/saundra.alma Saundra Alma

            HAHA! Hilarious!!!

  • Thin-ice

    Can I butt in here to ask: why is the f-word used so mother-fucking much?

    • http://www.facebook.com/saundra.alma Saundra Alma

      Because that’s what makes it FUNNY!

  • I made this image

    I find it hilarious that this ended up on a blog where a bunch of nerds dissected and interpreted it as something serious. Look at that shit! look at how many fucking fucks are used. It’s obviously a joke. Yep, I was high when I made it. Yep I made it to be funny. Nope it’s not intended to be educational. Yes I know the original image is a composite. I was not confused about reality when I made it. You can find the original image with a description of the composite online. LOL I think this is awesome. Carry on.

    • Sunny Day

      What’s really hilarious is you thought we were serious and you had something to defend.

  • I made this image

    Also I apologize to any super geek that was offended by a false rendering of the “universe” as seen from earth with the word fuck all over it.

  • mikeawesome

    Jesus, some of you people have to critique everything, now everyone is a master detective, photographer, and an astronomer. Shut the Fuck up and enjoy the majesty, for we are an infinitesimal speck of matter in an unfathomably large Universe yet people speak as if they have the answers. Fuck you, this picture is majestic and meant as a joke and shit…..everyone takes shit so literal. The Universe is too fuckin’ Rad for you, FLOAT INTO A BLACK HOLE YOU CHLORINATED GENE POOL

    • Sunny Day

      Lighten up Francis.


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