Skip to comments.Spectacular spiral galaxies more than 60million light years away
Posted on 10/30/2010 9:03:41 PM PDT by fightinJAG
Displayed in all their exquisite detail, six spectacular galaxies are pictured more clearly that they ever have before.
All of them are beautiful examples of spiral galaxies and were captured in images from ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
The pictures were taken in infrared light, using the impressive power of the HAWK-I camera, and will help astronomers understand how the remarkable spiral patterns in galaxies form and evolve.-incredible-new-detail.html#ixzz13uAfNijg
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Doesn’t somebody have an “Astronomy Picture of the Day” pinglist? Can’t remember who. Help?
Astronomy Picture ping
The NGC 1672 spiral galaxy captured by the Hubble telescope is 60 million light-years away
That’s is beautiful!
I want to go there.
If there's no time limit, you could make it.
if given, light sail & provisions.
A 3 qty PBJ stroll, to be sure.
How insignificant I feel at the sight of this!
The earth is not even equivalent to a speck of light in those clouds of stars. And we humans are nothing but tiny microbes scurrying around on earth’s crust.
Thanks for posting.
Go to my home-page, and click on the picture. Then, examine it in full size.
sig226 was doing the APOD but apparently he has quit FR. I was looking at taking it on myself if I could figure out how to post it. I’ve tried but it’s not just a cut and paste.
There's seems a certain pointlessness to places too far a way to ever go to, and too hostile to ever survive in, even if you could somehow get there.
Just a thought- If the light from those galaxies took 60 million years to reach us, are they still there, and if so, how do they appear today?
That’s an interesting and (I mean this in a good way) obvious question! So “obvious” I have never heard it posed before!
For all the time it takes sunlight to get here, we still can use “current” solar weather predictions to predict weather and other phenomenon here on earth.
Maybe an astronomer will happen by to shed light on this. No pun intended.
WOW. Awesome on so many levels!
It’s a strange and awesome experience that humans are so insignificant and so significant at the same time.
The more I look at that . . . the more the stars “hanging” in the foreground become absolutely spectacular in their own right. The sheer distances they seem to portray are wonderful.
Maybe JoeProBono or James C. Bennett can help?
Complete with TelePrompTers?
...and so significant at the same time.
I wonder if we’re only significant to ourselves. But then, what or who else is it important to be significant to?
In my humble opinion, to be significant only to ourselves is to be insignificant indeed! To me, the whole Earth and the universe “speaks” of a magnificent Creator; as far as I’m concerned, that conclusion is inescapable from what my own eyes see of the earth and the heavens every day.
In my experience, life doesn’t make one bit of sense apart from God and the fact that He, for reasons ultimately best known to himself, places significance on each individual and desires each one to be in fellowship with him.
I sincerely hope I’m not offending you here — I’m certainly not trying to preach! Just wanted to share my real thoughts on what we’re talking about. Thanks.
No problem JAG. I appreciate your point of view.
I’m similarly in awe of the great spectacle that we’re part of. To me most of it is still a wonderful, captivating mystery.
What I’m even in greater awe is that we, as small and seemingly insignificant as we are, have the capacity to slowly lift the veil on this boundless mystery.
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I totally agree!
What DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis said. :’(
I thought his original number sounded low.
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The earth is not even equivalent to a speck of light in those clouds of stars. And we humans are nothing but tiny microbes scurrying around on earths crust.
One very obscure reference coming up:
"Hey....how 'bout them Rangers."
“Hey....how ‘bout them Rangers.”
“They got spanked by the Giants!” :)
I had to dig real deep in the recesses of my brain to recollect where that came from (the picture helped). I’m sure I even saw that Barney Miller episode.
Isn’t the internet just wonderful!
Yea, I was wondering what happened to my astronomy pic of the day pings....
Yep...and they had the short joke of the segment:
The sequence in which the squad has picked up a mysterious device from a student doing a science project. In comes Dietrich, notices the device, and nonchantly asks: "Hey, where'd ya get the A-bomb?" for that is what it is.The follow up is what slayed me.
After Dietrich simply glanced and made the A-Bomb statement, he went into one of his long soliloquies about thermonuclear war, acid rain, nuclear winter, total destruction of the planet and the end of all life as we know it.
After a long, pregnant pause with everyone deep in dismay as the doomsday scenario seeps into their mind, Dietrich suddenly says....
"Hey....how 'bout them Rangers!"
I’m no astronomer but I can say that 60 million years is just a blip in the life of a Galaxy. Think of what is said to have been happening on earth 60 million years ago. And our star, a star on the outer strand of the Milky Way Galaxy is said to be billions of years old, and our Galaxy to be ten billion + years old. From the moment God spoke the quantum foam into existence, to the condensation of quarks and sub-atomic particles, the universe inflated at greater than the speed of light, so the locations where stars and galaxy have formed is more than light years from where it all began.
I believe that Hubble Ultra Deep Field photo is far more spectacular than this.
When the James Webb FINALLY goes up we should be in for a real treat.