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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula by NASA Images
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Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula

July 12th, 2022

What looks much like craggy mountains on a moonlit evening is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals previously obscured areas of star birth.

Called the Cosmic Cliffs, the region is actually the edge of a gigantic, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324, roughly 7,600 light-years away. The cavernous area has been carved from the nebula by the intense ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds from extremely massive, hot, young stars located in the center of the bubble, above the area shown in this image. The high-energy radiation from these stars is sculpting the nebula’s wall by slowly eroding it away.

NIRCam – with its crisp resolution and unparalleled sensitivity – unveils hundreds of previously hidden stars, and even numerous background galaxies. Several prominent features in this image are described below.

  • The “steam” that appears to rise from the celestial “mountains” is actually hot, ionized gas and hot dust streaming away from the nebula due to intense, ultraviolet radiation.
  • Dramatic pillars rise above the glowing wall of gas, resisting the blistering ultraviolet radiation from the young stars.
  • Bubbles and cavities are being blown by the intense radiation and stellar winds of newborn stars.
  • Protostellar jets and outflows, which appear in gold, shoot from dust-enshrouded, nascent stars.
  • A “blow-out” erupts at the top-center of the ridge, spewing gas and dust into the interstellar medium.
  • An unusual “arch” appears, looking like a bent-over cylinder.

This period of very early star formation is difficult to capture because, for an individual star, it lasts only about 50,000 to 100,000 years – but Webb’s extreme sensitivity and exquisite spatial resolution have chronicled this rare event.

Located roughly 7,600 light-years away, NGC 3324 was first catalogued by James Dunlop in 1826. Visible from the Southern Hemisphere, it is located at the northwest corner of the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), which resides in the constellation Carina. The Carina Nebula is home to the Keyhole Nebula and the active, unstable supergiant star called Eta Carinae.

NIRCam was built by a team at the University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Yosemite on Fire by GavinAsh
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Yosemite on Fire

September 19th, 2017

My first trip to Yosemite, and there was a wildfire in the national park. The sun set through the smoke, illuminating Half Dome with this fiery orange glow.

Adobe Lightroom CC.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

Photo Settings: 185mm, f/2, 1/250 second, ISO 160.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Earth, Wind and Fire by Philippe Clairo
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Earth, Wind and Fire

May 2nd, 2014

Just an hour North of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire State Park is an easy drive to a surreal decor to bring you back down to nature away from the sad casino life. Here you are reminded where we all come from, and that there are simple pleasures to be experienced without spending money.

Adobe Lightroom 5, Adobe Photoshop CC.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

Map: 36.4626, -114.5216

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Riomaggiore at Sunset by MatteoRipamonti
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Riomaggiore at Sunset

November 23rd, 2016

Riomaggiore (Rimazùu in the local Ligurian language) is a village situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy.

Adobe Photoshop.

Nikon D3200, Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX.

Photo Settings: 13mm, f/11, 20 seconds, ISO 100.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Merphlyn Planet No. 2 by Starkiteckt
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Merphlyn Planet No. 2

August 13th, 2015

Second planetscape of my fictional planet Merphlyn. Painted in Photoshop CS6.

First one here:

http://starkiteckt.deviantart.com/art/Stormy-Atmosphere-of-Merphlyn-HQ-TIF-517587705

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Datai Bay Sunset by Daniel Jiang
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Datai Bay Sunset

January 25th, 2017

Regarded as one of the best beaches in the world by National Geographic, Datai Bay has an amazing and enchanting view over the beach. Secluded, very tropical, clear waters, are the features of this very private beach said to be pirates' hideout. Now a haven for travellers all over the world, Datai Bay is only available for those who pay a premium for staying there.

Sunset in Datai Bay is one of the most peacefully celebrated moments happened everyday. Gazing over the slowly but dynamically changing range of colours of the skies is the most precious moment of the day.

Adobe Lightroom.

Nikon D750, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED.

Photo Settings: 18mm, f/11, 1/8 second, ISO 100.

Map: 6.4314, 99.6756

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunset from Sutton Bank by Kiseki Studio
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Sunset from Sutton Bank

July 12th, 2014

This was taken on a recent drive over the North York Moors National Park. One of the finest views in England so it says on a nearby signpost.

I got lucky with my timing and the sunset being as beautiful as it was.

Adobe Lightroom 5.5 and Photomatix Pro 4.1.

Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Cannon Beach Sunset by jdphotopdx
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Cannon Beach Sunset

March 16th, 2017

Although I absolutely love my trusty Canon 17-40mm f4L lens, I finally decided to upgrade to a 16-35mm f4L. What better way to test it than a weekend at the coast with the family! This is hands down one of the best sunsets I've seen at the Oregon Coast.

Shot with a Sony A7R, and of course a Canon 16-35mm f4L IS. Also using a Manfrotto Tripod and a fotodiox lens adapter.

Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC.

Sony Alpha 7R.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Misery Ridge by jdphotopdx
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Misery Ridge

July 28th, 2018

Shot from the summit of Smith Rock, outside Bend, Oregon. If you ever go here I can't emphasize enough to take the Misery Ridge trail.

Adobe Lightroom 5.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Wind. Water. Fire. Earth. by joeflowers
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Wind. Water. Fire. Earth.

June 21st, 2017

Beautiful lighting, Healthy ocean, Patience, and respect. This is the result.

Taken north of San Francisco, California. June 2017.

Nikon D7200.

Photo Settings: 130mm, f/7, 1/2000 second, ISO 220.

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