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Metamorphosis - NGC6302 (MJ SpaceRace Challenge)



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story: wings of chaos, wings of beauty. h.g. wells awakens from cyber-sleep in the "Chrysalis". the steam-driven moth-ship is now traveling slowly across an immense nebula. the engine's motoric rhythm generates the soundtrack to the view from his window. he is enraptured by the beauty of this explosion, frozen in time. it is a transition from a star to a cloud. a transition from a caterpillar to a butterfly. a transition from synthesizer to orchestra. It is a transition from ic42 to Drakonis. Click here to read more about the conclusion and metamorphosis of the 'ic42 experiment'.

reality: The recent image of the Butterfly nebula (taken by the Hubble telescope) inspired this. I awakened one recent morning, opened the web-browser space portal, and saw this through the window, in all its intensely chaotic beauty. Below is the actual link to the larger image, and NASA's text on it.

Thank you to everyone who participated in and listened/commented on the amazing entries in the "Space Race Challenge". It has been a blast putting this together and seeing all the creativity swirl!

SpaceRace Challenge, aka ic42, aka hakucho, aka Drakonis

NGC 6302 - Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302 (click here for original image)

This celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly. But it is far from serene.

What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour -- fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes!

A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. This object is an example of a planetary nebula, so-named because many of them have a round appearance resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope.

The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a new camera aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, snapped this image of the planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. WFC3 was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope.

NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star’s outer layers, expelled over about 2,200 years. The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.

The central star itself cannot be seen, because it is hidden within a doughnut-shaped ring of dust, which appears as a dark band pinching the nebula in the center. The thick dust belt constricts the star’s outflow, creating the classic "bipolar" or hourglass shape displayed by some planetary nebulae.

The star’s surface temperature is estimated to be about 400,000 degrees Fahrenheit, making it one of the hottest known stars in our galaxy. Spectroscopic observations made with ground-based telescopes show that the gas is roughly 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is unusually hot compared to a typical planetary nebulae.

The WFC3 image reveals a complex history of ejections from the star. The star first evolved into a huge red-giant star, with a diameter of about 1,000 times that of our Sun. It then lost its extended outer layers. Some of this gas was cast off from its equator at a relatively slow speed, perhaps as low as 20,000 miles an hour, creating the doughnut-shaped ring. Other gas was ejected perpendicular to the ring at higher speeds, producing the elongated "wings" of the butterfly-shaped structure. Later, as the central star heated up, a much faster stellar wind, a stream of charged particles travelling at more than 2 million miles an hour, plowed through the existing wing-shaped structure, further modifying its shape.

The image also shows numerous finger-like projections pointing back to the star, which may mark denser blobs in the outflow that have resisted the pressure from the stellar wind.

The nebula's outer edges are largely due to light emitted by nitrogen, which marks the coolest gas visible in the picture. WFC3 is equipped with a wide variety of filters that isolate light emitted by various chemical elements, allowing astronomers to infer properties of the nebular gas, such as its temperature, density, and composition.

The white-colored regions are areas where light is emitted by sulfur. These are regions where fast-moving gas overtakes and collides with slow-moving gas that left the star at an earlier time, producing shock waves in the gas (the bright white edges on the sides facing the central star). The white blob with the crisp edge at upper right is an example of one of those shock waves.

NGC 6302 was imaged on July 27, 2009 with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in ultraviolet and visible light. Filters that isolate emissions from oxygen, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulfur from the planetary nebula were used to create this composite image.

These Hubble observations of the planetary nebula NGC 6302 are part of the Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
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scaustrita said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
You diffidently captures the feel of a butterfly.
That tuba sounds great, it balances all the light airy instruments.

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Bowman said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
deep yearning to this. Layers of stardust unfold to reveal a lovely tune at the center of a torrent of gaseous clouds. Not overbearing but constant and determined
A memorable work my friend.
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Feter said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Magical ...neo classic ...with lot of ambient
sphere ..very well done ..thnx alot for sharein !!!!
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Skean said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
crystal clear, flowing nicely through the space, enjoyed the trip, thanks.
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Ex_Silentio said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Double metamorphosis
The opening chime sequence alone is worth the price of admission. Really wonderful piece. Unique, less synthy-sounding, take on the space theme, and an excellent production. I enjoyed reading the astronomical description, too. It's rare to be reminded that astronomers do more than take pretty pictures. What is learned from extracting velocities, temperatures, chemical composition, etc., is maybe less accessible, but far more interesting. As has been said, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a spectrum is worth a thousand pictures.
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Roxylee said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
You just get better and better
at making this kind of music. Space butterfly orchestra, flying stars and carousels, all ultra creative. It defies rules and gravity. Thank you for the story behind the song and art. Way cool...
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SmokeyVW said 3660 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
great sounds - it's like floating circus at times - i like the tuba

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magnatone said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
well WHO KNEW!!! :D :D

so you're saying that IC42 is DRAKONIS???

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davajonah said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Quite simply beautiful.
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
well done
I loved how the intro captured the essence of a digital butterflies movement. very cool track ic42 or should I say....Dragon. I enjoyed this thoroughly.
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sloparts said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Beautiful work guys
Love the whole piece. It's easy on the ears and the soul. Love how peaceful it is, and soothing. And it seems to follow the storyline perfectly.

Exquisite work my friends,

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awigze said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Creative and inspired
Great job. love the inspiration for this. Balanced and well conceived.
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Outtaorbit said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Beautiful..... Thank you....
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sheilad said 3659 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
this is beyond
amazing... absolutely love it....
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richard13 said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Very, very nice: whoever you are.
The photo is stunning, the description informative, and the music is fabulous. Thanks for making it AND sharing.
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guitapick said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
...and all with a pencil tool? Too much, man...

Wonderful piece, drak. Just a great trip...thanks!
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MarkHolbrook said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Sounds like an
orbit to me! It feels like I'm orbiting the butterfly... Awesome! Nice work Sir!
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bud said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
I like the referrence to HG Wells
in the choices of instruments and the feeling of the song itself sounding steam driven. Quite wonderful.
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bud said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Oh and by the way
Thanks for hosting the Space Race - brought out some great creativity. This track would have been at home in Tim Burton's Big Fish - an enchanting film.
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Char said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Exciting metamorphosis.
Astral planes of sound collide and spatial recognition occurs. Butterfly, indeed. You gave your muse wings. Thanks.
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rsorensen said 3658 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
stunning, really
a great listen. thanks a lot
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Doug Somers said 3656 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
And here I thought that IC42
referred to the astronomical Index Catalogue of Non-Stellar Objects. Oh well.

Gorgeous work here Drak. The music scintillates as it flows, and the subject matter is right on the mark. Love the tones you combine and how the orchestral butterfly emerges.

I have often wondered if I should create aliases for styles as I get bored with only one genre but I think I will stick with one and the dilettantism that might suggest.

Thanks for all your work on the Challenge - I know a little about what it takes to make one work and this has been a blast!!

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shavingronaldscar said 3655 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Man, I didn't even notice the changeover, it was so smooth. I got really magical feeling out of this, you captured the shimmering essence of something beyond our understanding with this. Great job!
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davisamerica said 3649 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
a beauty.... a most respectful hats off...
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Diviner said 3602 days ago (December 7th, 2009)
Nice, warped sounds
Lovely changes that amble delightfully through the track, always good to hear another ic42 track. Enjoyed.
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ThroughRivers said 3594 days ago (December 15th, 2009)
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SerenaS said 3045 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Woven and spun
What a strange yet beautiful sound story. There is a sonic community spinning in my head as each emerging personality makes an entrance and entrances our expectant ears. I'm not seeing the story that I'm reading but rather an orchestra of alien musicians floating outside the mothership as their tethers intertwine. (hey it's only #3 btw)
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