“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” – Carl Sagan
The image below is a photograph of visible and infrared light taken by the Hubble Space Telescope as it peers into a single point of deep space for over fourteen hours. The image shows thousands of stars and clusters of galaxies containing billions of their own stars, planets, moons, star dust and gas clouds. Each one of these galaxies is a self-contained gravitational mass of mind boggling perplexity.
“A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars – billions upon billions of stars. Every star may be a sun to someone.” – Carl Sagan
These galaxies are billions of light years away, distances so incomprehensibly far that many of them either no longer exist or have since merged with other galaxies, becoming elliptical galaxies. Think of the Hubble telescope as a time machine, providing viewers fleeting snapshots of cosmic events and entities long since past.
Click here to experience the photo in its full resolution glory, and to experience the magic and wonder of galaxies reaching out into our future as we gaze into their past.