Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Stephen’s Quintet


The Hubble Space Telescope has been upgraded, and some stunning images from it are starting to show up around the web. Not only are they visually appealing, but I, at least, find images like this one … what’s the right word? … humbling, perhaps. I challenge you wordsmiths out there to meditate on the image and find words to express what it does to you.

Stephen's Quintet

Here’s what the Astronomy Picture of the Day site says about it.

… About 300 million light-years away, only four galaxies of the group are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters. The odd man out is easy to spot, though. … Stephan’s Quintet lies within the boundaries of the high flying constellation Pegasus.

Is it really possible for “300 million light years” to have meaning for us? It falls into the same category as the U.S. budget deficit.

If you don’t hear from me for a while, it may mean that my eyeballs were locked in on the image until something snapped.

Dave, perhaps too close to the snapping point already.


2 Responses to “Stephen’s Quintet”
  1. Leslie says:

    Okay, well after my first gasp at it’s beauty, I saw Clarence, God and Gabriel from the opening scenes of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Then I noticed the baby in the womb. Then I scrolled down and saw the 4th galaxy. Looking at the whole image… it’s humbling… and again, very very beautiful.

  2. Dave says:

    Leslie, now THAT is a response I didn’t expect. Its a Wonderful Life, forsooth. (Is that a movie or sumpin?) We do agree, I’m glad to say, on the beauty and mystery of it all.

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