Wednesday, January 10, 2007

NGC 602 and Beyond


Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration
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Explanation: Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region. Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic Cloud, the picture spans about 200 light-years, but a tantalizing assortment of background galaxies are also visible in the sharp Hubble view. The background galaxies are hundreds of millions of light-years or more beyond NGC 602.

21 comments:

Farmer John said...

Isn't that the kid from 2001 aSO?

Eyes said...

Huh? FJ, You've lost me with your wit:>)

Eyes said...

Huh? FJ, You've lost me with your wit:>)

Eyes said...

Oops, I don't know how that happened...

nanc said...

2001 a space odyssey

Eyes said...

Ohhhhhhh. Thanks Nanc:>)

The Merry Widow said...

I think FJ, meant that was the backdrop for the baby at the end of the movie.
Beautiful though!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

Eyes said...

Morning tmw, I need to watch that movie again. It's been years since I saw it. It sure was ahead of it's time wasn't it?

Farmer John said...

Bless you!

...the birth of a new galaxy.

nanc said...

it sure has some mean looking teeth!

Eyes said...

Bless you FJ!

Nanc, you're too funny.... but it does kind of look like an Anglerfish doesn't it?

Eyes said...

Nanc, are you an artist? Just curious.

nanc said...

not really, but have liked to design clothing in my past and love to do woodworking when the mood hits me.

about as artsy as i've been is to create a few landscapes out of scraps of material and affixed them to old windows i've refinished. i have quite a few windows we've picked up over the years i need to get busy on when we get our workshop together.

i do, however, live with artists and they are magnificent!

why do you ask?

Eyes said...

Because you usually "see something" in the cosmos photos:>) Like looking at clouds and seeing images. It shows creativity.

nanc said...

that's what the shrink said when at the age of nearly six, i explained the rohrschact designs to him. then he had words with my mother, who later told me he told her genius is next to insanity.

that's when she started ignoring me. so far, so good.

i'm creative, but i'm no artist. they ARE crazy!

gotcha!

Eyes said...

Now that's a good question. Is there a relationship between artistic talent and IQ. I've known some pretty stupid artists, and some geniuses who couldn't draw squat. And yet one would think that creativity would be part of intelligence.....

The Merry Widow said...

Eyes-It's a kind of intelligence. There are different kinds; some have a way with words, others mathematics, or science, or mechanics, or human relations, or seeing what can be(i.e. Michealangelo's David.)
We on the blogsites can see or understand different things, that is why we tend to have a community, because we take from each other!

tmw

nanc said...

i may have been a little precocious - what led my mother to take me to the shrink was the fact that i was lashing out at everyone after she and my father divorced - the straw that broke the camel's back was when a teacher asked me what a painting was that was a classroom assignment, i looked at the teacher and pointedly said, "don't you know abstract when you see it?", perhaps...no, not perhaps, assuredly a little condescendingly.

...oh boo...where on earth did i get that? i still haven't figured it out.

Eyes said...

Morning TMW! That's what makes people so interesting:>)

Nanc, What a crazy story. It must be very traumatic for kids to go through divorce. I was one of the lucky ones who was spared that particular episode, thank God.

Eyes said...

Maybe intelligence is just dimensional thinking. Being able to understand the past, and predict the future, being able to see and interpret things that others have difficulty with.

tmw, Have you ever read Francis Schaeffer? He wasn't a fan of M's David... I should looks it up, but I'm too lazy right now. Running around today getting passport stuff (10 years are up in April)... Anyhow, it was something about David's oversized hands indicating 'man' can do anything...

Urban_Infidel said...

Beautiful!

Haven't seen that one before.

Very nice blog here.