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Started by Donald L. Engel. Last reply by Kiljoy616 Mar 18, 2016.
Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Gerald Payne Sep 17, 2015.
Started by Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish Jun 17, 2015.
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.
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.
Thanks for the interesting images.That trio of galaxies doesn't look like a wry smile to me, more creepy.
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!
Hubble's Cosmic Reef Image Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI
“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 statementCredit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla)
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.
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.
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.“
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."
FOUR ASTRONOMICAL HIGHLIGHTS TO WATCH IN NOVEMBER
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