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August 9, 2005 11:15 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-23

FITS for Fun -- Create Spectacular Pictures in Minutes


Image: Make Your Own Eagle Nebula "Pillars of Creation"

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With the release of version 2 of the FITS Liberator, it has become even easier to create stunning images. You can literally create colorful astronomical pictures like the iconic Hubble image "Eagle Nebula, Pillars of Creation," seen here, in a matter of minutes.

The advantages of using FITS Liberator over previous image processing tools are indicated in the right-hand image:

1. some added detail in the shadows
2. increased gamut (color space, more nuances)
3. slightly better noise characteristics, and
4. easier access to advanced cosmetic cleaning tools indicated by the removed ghosts.

The three-color dataset used to create this image can be downloaded from:

For additional information, please contact:

Lars Lindberg Christensen
Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre, Garching, Germany
(Phone: +49-(0)89-3200-6306, Cell phone: +49-(0)173-3872-621, E-mail:

Lars Holm Nielsen
(Phone: +45-3288-6866, E-mail:

Robert L. Hurt
Spitzer Science Center, IPAC, Caltech, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 626-395-1825, E-mail:

Zolt Levay
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
(Phone: 410-338-4907, E-mail:

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: [Left] - NASA/ESA, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University) [Right] - NASA/ESA and the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator