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Carina Nebula

No, this post isn't about the latest Romanian Olympic phenom gymnast. It's about time, it's about space...

It's about the most recent photos captured by our pal the Hubble telescope. It gives us...The Carina Nebula!

Striking, colorful, mind-blowing.

Sure, the HubbleSite describes this as...

...the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.

But it looks more to me like some kind of scary, big-bodied, tiny-headed, horned Space Creature conjured up by H. P. Lovecraft or something you'd see in the latest Hellboy movie. More than anything, it reminds me of some of the images Jack Kirby poured forth from his imagination and spilled out for all to see with misaligned and screened color on cheap newsprint.

Only now, we see this real Space Stuff, beyond even what Kirby imagined.

Incredible.