2007-11-30: Yesterday NASA and the European Space Agency released a nice picture of galaxy M74 composed from data taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 & 2005.x40 The galaxy is in Pisces, about 32 million light years away, and is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way, but a bit smaller. A French astronomer, Pierre Mechain, found the galaxy in 1780. Being faint (10th magnitude) and hard to see from a backyard telescope, M74 came to be called the “Phantom Galaxy”.
M74, The Phantom Galaxy – NASA, ESA, and the “Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration“:http://heritage.stsci.edu/2007/41/fast_facts.html
Being inside of it, we can’t take a picture of the whole Milky Way. But we can make a picture of it from our inside views, including those of space telescopes.x41 Unlike M74, the Milky Way has a distinct central bar of stars.
The Milky Way – “NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)“:http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/mediaimages/sig/sig05-010.shtml
APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day)
40 ‘Holiday Wishes from the Hubble Space Telescope’ – The Hubble Heritage Project
41 ‘Milky Way Bar’ – Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA
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By Quinn Hungeski – Posted at G.N.N. & TheParagraph.com
Wow these are great pictures, how do i find out which images are subject to copyright.
The two pictures here are from U.S. government agencies, and are in the public domain.
THESE MIND BONGLING PICTURES OF UNIVERSE ARE MARVELLOUS AND STRENGTHEN OUR BELIEF IN THE OMNIPRESENT POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY CONTROLLING THIS BIG UNIVERSE. THANKS TO HUBBLE AND ITS INVENTOR FOR BRINGING SUCH AMAZING TRUTHS TO US
wow these pictures are amazing, its truly hard to believe we are the only living ogranisms in our huge and wonderful galaxy, so much of the universe looks to be full of life even if some of the places seem inhabitable, look down in the far depths of the ocean, where it seem nothing can live, yet life found a way.
The existence of life on earth within our universe Give overwhelming evidence to the existence of our creator Elohim…..Jeshurun
Parabéns aos cientistas que inventaram esse telescópio tão maravilho quanto suas imagens.
wonderfull and amazing to see and know about the universe.I am greatful to NASA,HUBBLE and GOOGLE
Wow these pictures are fantastic and yet humbling, it always makes me realise of how small we actually are in comparison to the vast and neverending universe. Seeing these pictures always brings me down to earth (pardon the pun). The troubles we experience in our short existance seem too small to worry about. The marvels that space exploration brings to the human race is not always seen or realised as important by all, but in the future it is essential to our own existance. Maybe in my lifetime i hope some breakthrough in technology is discovered and i could experience these marvels for myself.
I am shortly moving house and would like to purchase some pictures for my wall, any ideas of affordable web sites to look at? it would be much appreciated. Jamie.
Wonders of the universe on BBC2 starts 6th Feb 2011, presented by Professor Brian Cox, Tune in as it is very good.
BAH. Just more pro-Milky Way propaganda. There’s no way our galaxy is that neat.
Breathtaking, and how insignificant we seem to be in our galaxy alone. Remember that this picture shows us just one grain of sand in a desert in all its beauty and might. It would be wrong to assume that we are alone!
In which metthod picture about Milcy Way was reconstructed?
Rein from Tallinn, Estonia
Puts things in perspective dosent it when we are even hardly visible in our own galaxy. We went to the moon & it dosent even register.We are only one of billions of galaxies like this in an endless universe & they tell us there is no other life out there. What are they politicians.
Thank you for your reaction to me.
Rein — Scientists made the Milky Way picture “from our inside views, including those of space telescopes.” I don’t know the techniques, but I’m sure they used computers. — Quinn
Alone ? I think not. God resides at the center with all of his Angels
The Bible says something to the effect of
“..Our God/Lord has many rooms in his house…”
‘Rooms’ being universes, perhaps? With the on- going mountains of irrefutable scientific evidence I am amazed that some still balk at the proposition of the existence of similar and/or advanced life elsewhere, and that we have been visited. Remember we thought the earth was flat, that we were the center of the –
(one)universe/(one)galaxy/(one)solar system? Catch up!!!