Spot the difference

Macclesfield Astronomical Society have a very nice looking website, which isn't too surprising when you realise that their chairman, Andrew, does that kind of thing for a living. I was just admiring the banner image of the Keyhole nebula when I noticed something odd about it. Was there something missing or was I imagining it?

Off I went to the Hubble Heritage website to find a copy of the original image. Sure enough, the Macc. Astro version was subtly different; if you look in the top left of the image, you will see that a pillar of dust is missing from the Macc. Astro version. Why might they erase an innocent pillar of dust from the image? Well, the ability for humans to recognise shapes or even faces in inanimate objects, could result in some people being slightly offended. Although APoD think it looks like a superhero flying through a cloud, others think it may look like a human finger making a rude gesture. I guess Andrew decided people might see the later, so put it through Photoshop to make it more acceptable.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 21st Nov 2004 (00:46 UTC) | Permalink
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