Saturday, 1 December 2007

More Super Science for a Saturday.

Well actually it's less 'super science' but more seizing the opportunity (yet again) to gawp uncomprehendingly at the scale and beauty of the universe.

Hubble recently sent back a spectacular image of the nearby spiral galaxy
Messier 74.

Messier 74 is an example of a ‘grand design’ spiral galaxy (essentially one with clearly defined spiral arms) that is viewed by Earth observers nearly face-on.

Messier 74 is located roughly 32 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Pisces, the Fish. It is the dominant member of a small group of about half a dozen galaxies, the Messier 74 galaxy group. It is estimated that Messier 74 is home to about 100 billion stars, making it slightly smaller than our Milky Way.


Caroline Hunt said...

Oooh pretty

The All Seeing Eye said...

When I see this amazing pictures of the universe from the the Hubble, I wonder how people can say that no supreme being guided the formation of our universe. It wasn't random.

Liz said...

Awesome in the true meaning of the word.