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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Spiral Galaxies.

I have been talking to someone by email who I have just found out has a first class Honours degree in Astrophysics. Although I love looking at the moon and the stars I know very little about them so I googled Astrophysics and found this, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NGC_4414_(NASA-med).jpg

Did you ever see anything more beautiful and fascinating?

I have also been reading this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hertzsprung%E2%80%93Russell_diagram

And just LOOK at this, The Crab Nebular, the shattered remnants of a star which exploded as a supernova in 1054AD. It is just SO beautiful and mind-boggling to think about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Crab_Nebula.jpg

I really must make the time to find out more about astronomy.

6 comments:

  1. I saw a program on NASA aeons ago that was just photo after photo. Absolutely awesome and impressive. I would so love to be able to paint those or create them in quilts. Just amazing. And so on we go; onward and upwards towards morning. Yay!!!

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  2. The universe is a fascinating place, both above the earth and below. Ironically, some of the deep sea can be so similar to the heavens.

    It can all keep you mesmerized for hours.

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  3. I worked in a planetarium for a year. Best job ever. I am still filled with wonder more than 20 years later.

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  4. Helen, wheeeeerrre aaaarrre yoooooou???? Doing okay?

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  5. Thank you very much everyone.

    phaedra96, thank you!!!! I've been away for an amazing weekend with a very good friend in Scotland. It took most of last week to get things organised before I went.

    I'll write a post and show you all the photos asap. You are so kind to have worried about me!

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