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.

3 comments:

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.