?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Must post before hitting the bed. Gods, but do I love galaxies. Barred spirals like this just seem like magic; I mean, wow - gravity made it form into that shape. That simply astounds me.

I love the Hubble Telescope. It's 17 years old: an impressive late adolescent, wouldn't you say? And to think that NASA was going to let it fall, burning into the atmosphere, until it was saved by a groundswell of astonishment from the public. What, we need to use those dollars to cover a few minutes' fighting in Iraq? That's somehow a better way to spend the money?

Whatever. I like these pictures better than those coming out of Iraq. Tax money spent correctly. Let's keep it up, folks.

Chris

Tags:

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
queenoftheskies
May. 4th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Isn't that amazing? Such beauty!
clevermanka
May. 4th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
I think I used a similar photograph of that galaxy for the Campbell Conference a few years ago. Gorgeous!

I like these pictures better than those coming out of Iraq. Tax money spent correctly.

Yes. Yes, indeed.
skyflame
May. 4th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
I read a few months ago that astronomers now think the Milky Way is a barred spiral. How they could tell, I'm not sure.
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
I think it's based on measuring star distances: You can tell if they are arranged along a regular curve or a broad swath as in a barred spiral.

Here's a nice description of the different galaxy types.
( 4 comments — Leave a comment )