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This is awesome. It's hard to impress me some days, but this did the trick!

 

Dial-up users BEWARE:

Hubble...

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Some days I get so wrapped up in the importance of my life that I forget how small we really are. Even just a glimpse of the universe we live in humbles me to the point of peace.

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Pretty cool, I liked the Whirlpool Galaxy but was looking forward to the Maytag one. Figures they would leave it out.

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Pretty cool, I liked the Whirlpool Galaxy but was looking forward to the Maytag one. Figures they would leave it out.

Actually, I think we're living in the Roper Galaxy.

 

Roper, of course, is the brand of appliances named after Mr. Roper, the landlord from "Three's Company" who always came up to fix things and made them worse. :(

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Imposing. Magnificent. Overwhelming.

 

By the way, the Helix Nebula is the basis for the background on my site, but I'd had no idea how immense it really is.

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The Helix Nebula is also called the "Eye of God" because of its similarity to a human eye in appearance. I read one quote that said the Hubble looked out into space and it saw God looking back at it.

 

The image most often shown, and I believe the one in the slideshow, is actually a composite between the Hubble and an earth based telescope.

 

Awefully purty stuff to be caused by some big ancient galactic accident. :)

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Awefully purty stuff to be caused by some big ancient galactic accident. :P

That is precisely what makes it most remarkable: All the greatest works of art in nature seem born of such events.

 

A distant star explodes, and such are the laws governing light and matter that today, hundreds of thousands of years after the event, we can look upon the result and be impressed by its beauty. So, I imagine, will our own galactic center's annihilation look to distant observers thousands of millennia hence.

 

Perhaps the inherent paradox of destruction and renewal, of birth from death, of beauty distilled from unimaginable violence, more than dark matter and exotic particles, forms the defining framework upon which our universe is hung.

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Awefully purty stuff to be caused by some big ancient galactic accident. :)

That is precisely what makes it most remarkable: All the greatest works of art in nature seem born of such events.

 

A distant star explodes, and such are the laws governing light and matter that today, hundreds of thousands of years after the event, we can look upon the result and be impressed by its beauty. So, I imagine, will our own galactic center's annihilation look to distant observers thousands of millennia hence.

 

Perhaps the inherent paradox of destruction and renewal, of birth from death, of beauty distilled from unimaginable violence, more than dark matter and exotic particles, forms the defining framework upon which our universe is hung.

Nice, Boojum! Very deep...

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Tracy,

 

However belatedly, my thanks.

 

Very kind of you to say.

 

:)

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