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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hooray Hubble!

I was flipping through the latest issue of National Geographic. There is an article on the Hubble Space Telescope. I think the Hubble is the coolest scientific mission ever. It is our eye to the Universe.

Young stars forming in Magellanic Clouds -- It's a shame that we can no longer see all the stars in the sky, with all the light pollution. I remember clearly driving from DC to New Orleans one year and while passing somewhere in Kentucky or Tennessee, I poked my head out of the car window and my jaw literally dropped at all the stars that spread out across the sky, it was magical!

Black Eye Galaxy -- wow, it's hard to imagine that it probably takes light years to travel from one end of the Galaxy to the other end -- and yet we can see the entire Galaxy in one picture.

Looks like a Cat's eye. But alas, it's light echoing from a super giant red star. Hmm, I think it's probably of a Communist persuasion :-)

A perfect storm of turbulent gases in the Omega/Swan Nebula -- I wouldn't want to get caught in that!

All pictures courtesy of
  • Hubble Telescope Website