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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Astronomy Tuesday


This beautiful spiral galaxy with the unromantic catalog name of NGC 1309 is about a third the size of our own Milky Way. What I love about this kind of deep space photo is the tantalizing glimpse of countless other galaxies in the background. NGC 1309 is 100 million light years away -- more stars than my little brain can contemplate, all unimaginably farther away, and yet look beyond this, and there's so much more!

Our planet may be having a nervous breakdown at the moment, but we live in a pretty impressive universe.

Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA; Processing - Jeff Signorelli

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