hubble, the mirror on the universe

As we look at the night sky, it is only a miniscule area of this vast universe of ours.
The stars that we see may be thousands of light years away, but they are still close neighbours in our vast universe.

The hubble space telescope circles the Earth free of distortion caused by our atmosphere, revealing a universe of amazing complexity, mystery and profound beauty.

Here are some images taken by the hubble space telescope from the book:
"hubble, the mirror on the universe"
By: Robin Kerrod
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The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend
a little of the mystery every day.
~Albert Einstein

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The Crab Nebula.
The remnants of a supernova seen nearly a thousand years ago, is a writhing mass of expanding gas with a pulsar at its center.

[This message was edited by Inda on Monday December 1st, 2003 at 05:38 PM.]

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Hot stuff, a Wolf-Rayet star ejects vast amounts of matter into space at speeds of more than 100,000 mph. Wolf-Rayet stars are relatively rare. They are super hot and short lived. They have a surface temperature of 90.000 degrees F, almost ten times hotter than the sun.

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
~Albert Einstein

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[This message was edited by Inda on Saturday November 29th, 2003 at 05:02 PM.]

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Beautiful pictures Inda! Wow! Galactically awesome!!! he he.. RaisedBrows

Here is a discussion forum "Space Daily"

http://ibpro.ikonboard.com/spacemessageboard/ikonboard.cgi?s=4d828ad759d95869e99f89a0f24427f5

And from them I found this free software (for Windows only) that lets you make your own Universe Images! Here it is:

http://www.diardsoftware.com/

Enjoy! Love and lightbeams, Teo Area52 Laughing Abducted UFO egypt Vader trooper Alien Colors Clap

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"When we appreciate our diversity, we have abundance!"
Thank you Inda and Teo.

I am always amazed when I look at the sky that what I see is only a miniscule fraction of the whole thing.

This material is very beautiful and interesting; I will come back here when I have a little more time.

Sue Cat2
Thank you Everyone for your replies, and a special thanks to Teo for adding all those fabulous links.

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The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?
~Oscar Wilde

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Here is some update from Hubble.

Images are from National Geographic, February 2010.

Carina Nebula, 7,500 light years from Earth.
Hubble can see more clearly than ever into the dark corners of the universe, like this pillar of dust and gas.

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This is not a Hubble Telescope picture, but a stunning star snap taken by an amateur.

From the "Metro" paper, September 20, 2012.

Australia-based Martin Pugh has been named the Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the year.
Pugh's image of the Whirlpool Galaxy(also known as M51), which also won the Deep Space category, was taken using a 43-centimetre-diameter Plane Wave telescope at an observatory in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

following a total 37,000,000 light years is how far the Whirlpool Galaxy id from Earth. Pugh acquired his winning photo following a total exposure time of 28 hours.

Marek Kukula says that the image is better than Hubble.
It is a beautifully framed composition, and has a sense of the infinite universe.
The photographer has made the most of exceptionally good atmospheric conditions to capture an astonishing range of detail in his image of this iconic galaxy.
The beautiful spiral structure, dark lanes of dust, and the way the pink clouds of Hydrogen really stand out.Here you can see the small companion galaxy being gradually torn apart by the gravity of its giant neighbour.
The image is perhaps not the most eye-catching, but because of the amount of fine detail, it is a winner.

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Hubble's launch and deployment in April 1990 marked the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope. Thanks to four servicing missions and more than 25 years of operation, our view of the universe and our place within it has never been the same.

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