What colour is the universe? April 30, 2011Posted by Marie in Astronomy, Jodrell Bank, Nebula, Planetary Nebula.
In a long and convoluted story, my last post about the new Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre led a Twitter friend to look at my favourite images page. This then resulted in a twitter-sation about why the images are so pretty!
The colours in the images are ‘false’; that is,
if you were to actually be able to travel to see the galaxies or nebulae with your own eyes, you wouldn’t see the colours which are in the images, because our eyes don’t register them.
So I discovered that the people who take the pictures get to choose the colours!
It’s all to do with the chemicals which are detected in the objects, and their wavelengths. Red indicates the longest wavelength and blue the shortest, with the other colours somewhere in between.
But however they decide on the colours, they look lovely anyway! Keep an eye on the favourite images page, because I’m adding more all the time. Or if you like, feel free to send me your favourites and I’ll add them to the page.