Hubble Telescope Image Colors
Are the colors that we see in the Hubble telescope
pictures real? For example, here is a picture of NGC 2392. If we
hopped on a space ship and could get close enough to see this
object as it appears in the Hubble Space Telescope picture, would
we see the same colors with our eyes?
In the case of the Eskimo nebula, NGC 2392, I do not think the
colors are real. Through a telescope, a big telescope, there would
be a combination of greens and whitish colors. I think what we have
is a rep[resentation of colors designed to bring out distinct
features of the nebula.
With all best wishes
It is closest to the truth to say that it is "false" color. See
---Nathan A. Unterman
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Update: June 2012