Spiral Galaxy M81

Spiral Galaxy M81

I don’t think there will be a time where I’m not amazed by pictures of other galaxies. The photo above is a new picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of galaxy M81, the sharpest image taken to date. In fact, it’s so sharp that you can see “open star clusters, globular star clusters, and even glowing regions of fluorescent gas.” This is pretty amazing considering that it’s 12 million light-years away, which is considered somewhat close to our own.

There’s something so serene about staring at photos like these. I would love to have my ceiling covered in an image like that, but it should move like it was straight out of Harry Potter. The site the image came from is going pretty slowly because a whole lot of people are looking at it from DIGG, but if you happen to be reading this Monday morning, you might have a better opportunity of seeing the full sized image.

Bobby

December 2, 2007