Cosmic Coloring

Instructions

To create your image:

  1. Turn on wavelengths to add them to your image.
  2. Choose a color for each wavelength.
  3. Adjust the brightness of each wavelength to bring out your favorite details.

To fully grasp the nature of the universe, astronomers study all colors of light – what scientists call the electromagnetic spectrum. A few of these colors can be seen with the human eye, like the familiar red, blue, and green. Other colors are redder than red and bluer than blue: radio and infrared to X-rays and gamma rays, respectively.

Astronomers produced this spectacular image of the Crab Nebula – the remains of a supernova explosion – by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the long waves seen by the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to the extremely short waves seen by NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

To help you discover amazing details of the invisible universe, you can change the wavelengths (radio, infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray) to colors your eyes can recognize!

For more information on this amazing object and why astronomers study objects in space at many wavelengths of light, see here:
IMAGE RELEASE: A New Look at the Crab Nebula

Radio

Infrared

Visible

Ultraviolet

X-Ray

Saving Your Image

Choose the size you would like your final image to be. When you click save, it will be rendered at your chosen resolution and appear in the placeholder space below. Then you can right click to save (on desktop) or tap and hold to save (on mobile.)