Skip to comments.'Crown of Thorns' Galaxy Photographed in Space
Posted on 04/08/2009 1:31:00 PM PDT by NYer
An unusual large galaxy with a shape bordering between spiral and elliptical has been spotted by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 7049 sits in the southern constellation Indus, and is the brightest of a cluster of galaxies, a so-called Brightest Cluster Galaxy (BCG). Typical BCGs are some of the oldest and most massive galaxies, which provide excellent opportunities for astronomers to study the elusive globular clusters lurking within.
The halo, a ghostly region of diffuse light surrounding the galaxy, is composed of myriads of individual stars and provides a luminous background to the swirling ring of dust lanes surrounding NGC 7049's core.
Small faint points of light sprinkled throughout the galaxy represent globular clusters, which are gravitational groupings of several hundreds of thousands of stars. They contain some of the first stars to be produced in a galaxy.
NGC 7049 has far fewer such clusters than other similar giant galaxies in very big, rich groups. This indicates to astronomers how the surrounding environment influenced the formation of galaxy halos in the early universe.
Hubble captured this image using its Advanced Camera for Surveys, which is primed to hunt galaxies and galaxy clusters in the remote and ancient universe. The space telescope recently imaged a group of colliding galaxies chosen in an online voting contest.
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Just in time for Holy Week.
Great pic! That’s another keeper... for what, I don’t know, but I’m saving it none the less
When God speaks, He doesn’t mess around, does He?
How beautiful, and how timely.
Hmmm, the hand the other day, now the crown of thorns... Maybe somebody up there is trying to get our attention??? He’s got mine.
GOD is giving us every sign he can that JESUS is LORD
That all should repent and have everlasting life....
I missed the hand.
He has my attention as well. Completely.
Just beautiful. Thank you for posting it!
For the benefit of those who may have missed it.
Amen... GOD has a sense of Humor when scientist think they are the Ultimate purveyors of TRUTH!! haha
Ya like that pic? Go here, and be amazed!
I get my desktop pics from that site.
Please keep these great images coming my FRiend :-)
Bump to post #12.
There is no doubt God is trying to tell us something.
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