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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Astronomy Tuesday

It's practically like looking into a mirror: this lovely galaxy, NGC 3370, is similar in size and structure to our own Milky Way.

As always with these magical Hubble images, I am captivated by the dozens of obvious galaxies and intriguing unidentifiables in the background, each one unimaginably huge and complex and so far away we'll probably never know more about it than these few bright pixels.

Then consider that our universe may just be one of many, an infinity of universes full of infinity-plus galaxies and stars and planets. It makes my brain hurt. And wonder why I spent so much time worrying about which bed to buy when there's all this majesty to contemplate.

Of course, now that my brain hurts, it is nice to be able to go and lie down on the new bed which may not mean much on a cosmic scale, but does make this tiny corner of the universe more pleasant to sleep in.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA); Acknowledgement: A. Reiss et al. (JHU)

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