15 December 2005


Hmmm... No, even in the picture, the star on my tree doesn't look much like a globular cluster (picture to the right is from Wikipedia). And, yeah, my star doesn't have nearly enough separate lights to qualify. Globular star clusters have tens or hundreds of thousands of stars in them. And...nice. Some of them may even be age-old galaxy cores!

Anyway, for comparison, here is my star in IR and in visible light:


kate said...

That certainly clarifies things. I figured it was a star distorted, but I wasn't quite sure.

Perhaps "spherical" or "blurry, roundish, and shining" would have been better descriptions of what I thought I saw...(:

Qalmlea said...

IR has longer wavelengths, so it doesn't produce images as sharp as visual light does.