Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Big Picture: The Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar

One of the absolute coolest things on any newspaper's website is the Boston Globe's "The Big Picture." The Globe takes a newsworthy topic and tells the story with many high-quality photographs. The latest "Big Picture" photo essays tell the story of the Greek Riots (37 photos total), the Hajj and Eid al-Adha (41 photos total), and Scenes from Guantanamo Bay (30 photos total), but they are also currently working on a Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar (25 photos eventually), adding a new Hubble photo everyday from December 1 until Christmas. Here's an example...

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You can see a larger version by clicking on the photo or see it in its full-sized glory by visiting the website. The caption describes this as "a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. 7,000 light-years distant from us, the soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers tall." I like that -- "a stellar nursery."

If you're a photography nut or a news nut or both, you'll want to stick this site in your RSS reader or visit often. Good stuff!

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