Saturday, July 19, 2008

Deep space

This beautiful picture was taken by ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) on the hubble space telescope.
It shows two swirling galaxies on the upper left hand side of the photo.
A closer look has revealed a paradox:

Stars of 3 vastly different ages exist in a cluster that should have formed at about the same time.

These stars are 8billion years old.

Isn't that a lovely photo?


Sage said...

Love this photo, makes you feel really small and humble compared to 8 billion years of history.

Anonymous said...

And how many Galaxies can you count?


Tony F