The Hubble Telescope: Images of Heaven
The miracles of the universe…
It seems as though every week or two there is a new blockbuster at the cinema involving the universe that exists outside of our tiny little corner of the world. We pay $12.00 apiece (double with popcorn) to go and watch whatever the newest ridiculous life form Hollywood has spewed out at us blow things up or master communicating with us (and the blowing us up). And with each passing film, the special effects grow more and more advanced. The details bacome more detailed, the colors more colored, the aliens all that much more realistic; to the point where we lose interest if something doesn’t reach out and smack us across the face.
But so caught up in fantasy are we; somewhere along the line we’ve lost the art of just looking up. As enjoyable as the special effects bonanzas are, they seem to have taken the magic and mystery out of just looking at the stars. Replaced them with hyperdrives, tentacles, and warp speed.
Along the way, though, it gets boring. Hollywood is running out of tricks. Thank Goodness for us, the Universe doesn’t. Floating just above our heads is a true miracle of technology, the Hubble Telescope. Just beyond our atmosphere, Hubble is (without CGI and special effects) Shrinking the universe for us, star by star. Clicking away with ever improving technology, bringing us images from unfathomable distances (even at warp speed).
Here, as a bit of a reminder, are a few of the miraculous shots Hubble has brought us. Remining us that as hard as the Hollywood geniuses try, there will never be anything more mind bending than reality. Because the universe says so.
Gas Pillars in the Eagle Nebula (M16): Pillars of Creation in a Star-Forming Region
A Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases in the Omega/ Swan Nebula
The Eagle Has Risen: Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula
Half-Size Version of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Saturn October 1997
A picture of a black hole!
A butterfly emerges from stellar demise in nebula ngc6302
Collision leaves giant Jupiter bruised.
Image of Eta Carinae
And these are but a few. For hundreds more, visit the Hubble websight; you may find yourself their for hours. I did.