Thursday, December 28, 2006

Moon Over Andromeda

Credit & Copyright: Adam Block and Tim Puckett
Explanation: The Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda (aka M31), a mere 2.5 million light-years distant, is the closest large spiral to our own Milky Way. Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye as a small, faint, fuzzy patch, but because its surface brightness is so low, casual skygazers can't appreciate the galaxy's impressive extent in planet Earth's sky. This entertaining composite image compares the angular size of the nearby galaxy to a brighter, more familiar celestial sight. In it, a deep exposure of Andromeda, tracing beautiful blue star clusters in spiral arms far beyond the bright yellow core, is combined with a typical view of a nearly full Moon. Shown at the same angular scale, the Moon covers about 1/2 degree on the sky, while the galaxy is clearly several times that size. The deep Andromeda exposure also includes two bright satellite galaxies, M32 and M110 (bottom).

68 comments:

The Merry Widow said...

That's quite a photo, Eyes! Interesting how they matched the "apparent" sizes for each.

tmw

Always On Watch Two said...

That photo is so perfect that it doesn't look real!

How wonderful is God's handiwork!

Brooke said...

I thought the same thing; that it looked CGI'd! Another wonderful desktop! (I have it on now!)

Elmer's Brother said...

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!" Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:27-34

The Merry Widow said...

Oh yes! Beautiful, EB!

tmw

Eyes said...

Excellent choice of scripture EB!!

American Crusader said...

That is an astounding picture. If you get a chance, check out this list of the top 10 astronomical pictures of 2006 here

Eyes said...

WOW! That's cool AC! Thanks for sharing:>) Happy New Year!

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