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(Cracked.com) 11 Deep Space Photos You Wont Believe Arent Photoshopped

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It's just like one of those slo-mo clips showing a bullet piercing a fruit or egg. Just on a cosmic scale :D

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The thing is - these photos are photoshopped (in the loose sense of the word). Many, if not all, of them are made up of false-color images, etc etc.

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Images from Hubble (and any other telescope, space or ground based) NEEDS to be photoshopped, for one reason:they're not "ready-made", you need to select bands to include in your image, and in which channels (in the photo), because some channels returns infra-red imagery, others return ultraviolet imagery, other light in the visible area, etc. so you need to make a choice.

Then you need to center those bands, because for number of reasons, they are not perfectly aligned.

And lastly, most of the time the image is sharpened, and the picture saturated a bit more. (not only for artistic purposes, seeing the color of a star or of the cloud/nebula helps greatly in guessing its composition, thus guessing its type).

A raw photo would simply be undisplayable (for everyone as well as the scientists themselves).

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To say they're photoshopped is probably still too inaccurate a definition of the kind of filtering these images get put through.

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Yeah, thanks a lot. According to my net history you made me sit through a bit more than 3 hours of Cracked. I avoid that site for a reason.

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