Thursday, January 25, 2007

Spacing out

As I was looking at these pictures today, I couldn't help but think how intricate God must be to be abe to create things like these. That, and our world is so small compared to the endless miles of space there is around us.

These are the top ten photographs taken by the Hubble telescope.
It also makes it awesome to think that God had allowed men of science to create a telescope like this to be able to see that far into the beauty of space.
The first one is my favorite, maybe that's why it's number one.

The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy,officially called M104,are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.

The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a pinched-in-the-middle look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre.

At four is the Cat's Eye Nebula, which looks like the eye of disembodied sorcerer Sauron from Lord of the Rings.

In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, called Eskimo because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood. The hood is, in fact, a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth.

The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes. The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth.

The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born.

The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation.

Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.

The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as 'a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements.

In sixth place is the Cone Nebula. The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).


jules said...

1. I miss you 2. this weekend i worked at a Chris Tomlin concert and Louie Giglio (sp?) spoke. He talked all about the universe and how humbling to know that the God who inspired all of that, is so in love with us. CRAZY! love the pics though.

Mel said...

I saw those pics a few days before you posted them - they are truly incredible...

Actually - they are frightenly incredible.

I will try and email you back today...