Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

astro-image of the night: barred spiral galaxy

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.

Tags: astronomy

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