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Possible shape of the universe

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2020 at 11:47am

Joan, I like the looks of Messier 3.  I like it's symmetry. 

I didn't know what a globular cluster was, so I found-out on Wikipedia.  Interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2020 at 11:38pm

There exists something about astronomy that lifts the mind to a plane far beyond the solid Earth. Observing the predictable nature of the planets, the patterns of the stars around the North Star and I assume a similar pattern in the Southern hemisphere, the Constellations that inspired names and stories of ancient peoples on all Continents, all these factors awaken minds to imagine all nature of myths and powers. With modern technology, look what we missed:

"Messier 3: Containing an incredible half-million stars, this 8-billion-year-old cosmic bauble is one of the largest and brightest globular clusters ever discovered."

If God created all that there is, does He/She/It answer prayers of Homo sapiens on Earth? Ye Gads! If I were an alien, I would see to it that Earth evaporated.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2020 at 8:02pm

Thanks for the interesting images.That trio of galaxies doesn't look like a wry smile to me, more creepy.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2020 at 10:53am

The Hubble Space Telescope isn't just the best thing that ever hit astronomy.  It's also among the best inspirations for those who might wish to study it, or even have a side interest in it.  The awe it has created with its thousands of intensely beautiful images will be with me the rest of my life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2020 at 10:14pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2018 at 2:40pm

“A trio of galaxies form what appears to be a wry smile in deep space in this view from the Hubble Space Telescope. This close-up image shows galaxies from the SDSS J0952+3434 cluster.
"The lower, arc-shaped galaxy has the characteristic shape of a galaxy that has been gravitationally lensed — its light has passed near a massive object en route to us, causing it to become distorted and stretched out of shape."

NASA and the European Space Agency explained in a statement
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2018 at 2:14am

Halo of the Cat's Eye

The sky is full of interesting shapes that we cannot see without the help of astronomy. What an exciting science! @Stephen Goldin, I too, am grateful to Hubble and many other unknown men and women sharing their discoveries with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2018 at 11:56pm

Meteors, Planes, and a Galaxy over Bryce Canyon
Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane

This is an especially beautiful photo by Dave Lane. Worth the time to look it up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2017 at 2:19pm

NGC 281

Image Credit & Copyright: Eric Coles and Mel Helm

This cosmic cloud cataloged as NGC 281, “playfully called the Pacman Nebula,” exists at about 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia

Its beautiful sculpted columns and dense dust, captured in a “sharp composite image, was made through narrow-band filters, combining emission from the nebula's hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen atoms in green, red, and blue hues.“

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2016 at 1:34am

Four Astronomical Highlights to Watch in November 

"The Supermoon 

The full moon in November will be super-size, the largest of 2016. "Supermoon" is a recently coined term for when the moon is full and at perigee-its closest point to the earth in its elliptical orbit. Perigee will take place on November 14 when the moon passes about 356,000 km from our planet. The full moon peaks less than three hours later, wowing viewers and causing larger than normal tides along the coast."



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