These glorious stars and galaxies are all the more spectacular if you consider how far their light had to travel to reach us: millions, sometimes billions of years...
Carl Sagan once said: "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." True enough, and yet, as we consider our significance in the cosmic order of events, we can only "keep up the good work, if only for a while, if only for the twinkling of a tiny galaxy." (Wislawa Szymborska)
An interesting part of Carina Nebula looks like a wise old sage with a pointing finger... and the other part, namely Keyhole Nebula, shows a "hand with a finger" (sometimes called the "Finger of God"):
The beautiful medusa-like remnant of a supernova E0102:
(Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/D.Dewey et al. and NASA/CXC/SAO/ J.DePasquale; Optical: NASA/STScI)
When galaxies "hubble", er... huddle together, they sometimes produce curious formations, like this Stephan's Quintet - more info. These five galaxies are in a violent collision, "and are involved in a cosmic dance that most likely will end with the galaxies merging." -
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