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This new Hubble photo is absolutely mind-blowing – BGR

  • The Hubble Space Telescope operated by NASA and the ESA has returned another stunning image of an area of space.
  • The globular star cluster known as NGC 1805 is a collection of stars of varying ages and intensities.
  • The blue stars burn hotter and put off UV light, while the red stars put off infrared light, and Hubble can capture both thanks to its position high above Earth’s atmosphere.

The image above might look like a perfectly-timed capture of a firework exploding in midair, but it’s actually a distant collection of stars called NGC 1805. It’s what is called a globular cluster of stars, and you can see why. The image was captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, and aside from being a gorgeous piece of stellar eye candy, it’s also an awesome example of why space telescopes are so important to our understanding of space.

As the Hubble website explains, the cluster is a densely packed collection of stars that are much closer than any star is to our own Sun. The stars are “100 to 1,000 times closer” to one another than any other star is to our Sun, which is pretty incredible.

With so many stars occupying a single area, you might be tempted to wonder what kinds of planets are orbiting them. If planets were orbiting these stars, they’d have an incredible view, but the Hubble team says that the odds are low. When stars form and such close proximity, planetary systems surrounding those stars are “unlikely,” according to scientists.

As for the incredible color variations we see in the image, that’s actually a byproduct of the way the image was captured as well as the differences in the stars themselves. Stars that show up blue in the image are detected using near-ultraviolet light. They burn hotter than the orange and red stars, which put off more near-infrared light. The fact that we can see all of these stars is thanks to Hubble being a space telescope, rather than ground-based.

The full-sized image is available here:

Earth’s atmosphere is really good at absorbing most UV light. Some UV light still sneaks through, but ground-based telescopes couldn’t capture this image in the same way that a space telescope can. Without having to deal with Earth’s atmosphere, Hubble can detect the UV light as well as the infrared light, painting a much clearer picture of this particular area of space.

“Usually, globular clusters contain stars which are born at the same time; however, NGC 1805 is unusual as it appears to host two different populations of stars with ages millions of years apart,” the Hubble team explains. “Observing such clusters of stars can help astronomers understand how stars evolve, and what factors determine whether they end their lives as white dwarfs, or explode as supernovae.”

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of
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Iggy Azalea Seen In 1st Photo Out With Baby Son Onyx Carter — See Pic – HollywoodLife

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Iggy Azalea was spotted pushing her newborn son — who she announced on June 10 — in a pricey $2,190 Fendi stroller as she left a photoshoot!

Iggy Azalea, 30, was spotted for the the first time out with her baby son Onyx Carter! The Australian-born star was in full glam mode as she left a photoshoot in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 13. Iggy — née Amethyst Amelia Kelly — pushed a $2,190 Fendi logo stroller as she made her way to vehicle. The luxe pushcart features the brands iconic “FF” Zucca logo designed by Karl Lagerfeld, and has also been a go-to for cosmetics mogul mom Kylie Jenner.

Iggy Azalea is seen pushing her son Onyx in a Fendi stroller. (MEGA)

Iggy stunned as she rocked a Victorian-inspired ensemble from the shoot, consisting of a baby blue bustier with lace-up details and asymmetrical pink tulle skirt that ended at her ankles. She added a printed nude hosiery and open toed sandals, also sporting a mesh beige turtleneck which sported the word “Lover” around the neck and various other graphic designs. To complete the look, she kept her blonde locks back in a sleek ponytail and added a dramatic silver earring.

A staff member could be seen assisting the New Classic rapper and her son into a large black SUV, presumably to head home. In other photos, Iggy posed for a mask-wearing photographer outdoors, revealing a chain detail on her outfit and seductive lace-up back.

After weeks of speculation, Iggy confirmed that she had welcomed a son — presumably with boyfriend Playboi Carti, 23, which she has also not confirmed — on June 10. “I have a son,” she wrote via Instagram story, declining to include the baby’s date-of-birth. “I kept waiting for the right time to say something but it feels like the more time passes the more I realize I’m always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world…I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret and I love him beyond words,” Iggy also wrote.

On July 14, the “Fancy” rapper revealed that she had named her son Onyx. “Baby boy, are you going to say something to me?” she said in an audio clip, where he could also he heard cooing back. So cute! The 30-year-old has bounced back into shape in no time since having her first child, posting a slew of sexy bikini photos in recent weeks! “baby weight,” she coyly captioned a photo of herself in an orange-ribbed bikini from Fashion Nova on July 26. “Baby? Wait – this a baby waist. @fashionnova,” she added.

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8 photo editing apps for Android or iPhone that make phone pics pop – CNET

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Edited in Bazaart.


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Looking for something to do while in coronavirus lockdown? I have just the thing — it’s simple, satisfying and doesn’t have to cost you a penny. Your phone’s gallery is bursting with photos you’ve taken over the years, desperate to see the light of day again and get a fresh new makeover. The iPhone app store on iOS and Google Play store on Android are full of creative apps that can give your existing shots a whole new look, all from the comfort of your sofa. 

I’ve rounded up a selection of my favourites, so have a read, make a cup of tea (or that hot new dalgona coffee everyone’s talking about), and settle down for an evening editing session. You can even turn your favorite shots into a photo book while in quarantine.

You can also check out these creative ideas to flex your photography muscles at home if you want to shoot and edit something new.

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Edited in Snapseed.


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Snapseed 

Free on iOS and Android.

Google-owned Snapseed offers a wide range of exposure and color tools to make tweaks to your images, but also has plenty of filter options, from vintage styles to modern, punchy HDR looks. You can layer the effects up to create some interesting edits on your image. And best of all, it’s totally free.

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Edited in Lightroom mobile.


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Lightroom 

iOS and Android, some functions available for free, or $4.99 per month for full access.

Adobe Lightroom remains an industry standard for professional photographers and the mobile version is much the same. You’ll find no stickers, animations or emoji here, but you will get fine grain control over your image and the same set of tools you’d find in Lightroom on desktop. It’s the app I use the most to edit my own images on my iPhone and iPad, not least because the images sync in the cloud, letting me start on one device, and continue on another. 

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Edited in Photoshop Express.


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Adobe Photoshop Express

Free on iOS and Android.

Photoshop Express has many of the same features you’d find in Lightroom, including exposure, contrast and color editing options, but strips out some of the pro tools and cloud syncing and, crucially, ditches the subscription fee. It’s a great tool for tweaking your images to bring out their best, but you’ll also find a decent selection of filters and overlay textures, as well as tools for making cool collages from your images.

It’s not as open to wild creativity as other options on this list, but it’s a solid editing app at a price that’s hard to argue with. 

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Edited in Prisma.


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Prisma 

iOS and Android, $7.99 a month or $30 a year.

Prisma doesn’t deal with subtle filters and basic image corrections. Instead, its trippy filters will transform your images into often bizarre artistic creations. The results have a painterly effect and indeed many filters are inspired by artists such as Salvador Dali and Picasso. The filters are strong, and while you can tweak them, not every filter will work with every image. I found some to be more suited to portraits while other filters worked best with landscapes.

But it’s great fun to experiment with and when you find a photo that works, it really works. 

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Edited in Bazaart.


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Bazaart

iOS only, $7.99 a month or $48 a year.

Bazaart’s montage and collage tools let you combine multiple different elements — from photos, to text, to graphics — and layer them all up to create a finished work of art. It has tools that let you instantly erase the background from behind a portrait subject (I was amazed at how well it worked!) in order to put in a new background or layer up multiple effects. It also has a huge variety of templates to create gorgeous collages for Instagram stories too. 

There are so many different ways you could try and composite different images together that the only boundary will come down to how creative you’re feeling. Head over to Bazaart’s Instagram page for some inspiration. 

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Edited in Photofox.


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Photofox

iOS only.

Like Bazaart, Photofox has powerful tools for removing subjects from background that let you composite in new backgrounds, or apply awesome effects. I particularly like Photofox’s dispersion effect, which makes it look like your subject is bursting into particles (trust me, it’s cool), as well as the glitch effects and the double exposure that overlays two images on top of each other. 

As with Bazaart, there are endless possibilities of what you can do by layering and compositing different types of images and applying different effects to each. 

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Edited in VSCO.


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VSCO

iOS and Android, limited functions for free, or $19.99 a year with seven-day free trial.

VSCO began life making color grading presets for Lightroom and its roots are clear in the app today. Rather than offer stickers and animated gifs for Snapchat enthusiasts, VSCO is all about the more artful filmic color filters. The app has a huge range of presets available, including looks designed to emulate classic rolls of film from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford.

It’s got a great selection of black-and-white filters too, making it a great choice to experiment with if you’re into your moody monochrome shots.

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Edited in PicsArt.


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PicsArt

iOS and Android, limited functions for free or $48 a year for the whole suite.

PicsArt has a huge range of editing tools available to you, from basic adjustments like exposure and contrast, through to cinematic color grading and dramatic filters that transform your images into painting-like pieces of art. There are loads of options for both the tone and shape of your face in selfies — I won’t go into the ethics of using these tools for “beauty” purposes, but I had fun in using the tools to intentionally transform my features into bizarre proportions. 

There’s a whole Instagram-style social sharing element to PicsArt as well, if you’re interested in that. Personally I was mostly interested in the editing options.

Make sure to check out my guide on creative at-home photo projects, see our whole catalogue of awesome tips and tricks for better phone photos or see how the iPhone 11 Pro captured Scotland’s beauty in my epic road trip.

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