Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the Hubble telescope. Let's look at some pretty pictures it took from around the Universe:
M83 Galaxy. Like an octopus at a princess party.
The Small Magellanic Cloud
A jet in the Carina Nebula. Those shots of light coming out of the top are from brand new stars.
The Horsehead Nebula. So pretty!!!!
A galaxy eating another galaxy for breakfast...if breakfast lasted a billion years.
A young star shooting out radiation through the dust belt of a nebula. Kapow!
The Sombrero Galaxy. First stop for space nachos.
And finally, something to really freak you out. The telescope was pointed in a spot that everyone assumed was just a bunch of empty space. And then it sent back this:
Those, space nerds, are thousands of galaxies. With the exception of a few of our own stars (the ones with the spikes) every speck of light you see is a galaxy. A galaxy!! The farthest one we can see here is 9 billion light years away. Which, in scientific terms, is super far. That means we're seeing some of these galaxies as they were 9 billion years ago. The nearest ones are only a few hundred million light years away, which means they're practically close enough to borrow sugar from.
In other space news, did you know you can see the International Space Station flying overhead. You sign up here and you'll get an email telling when and where to look. It looks like an airplane but without the blinking. It's very peaceful to watch, just standing outside in the cool night air, waving to the people up there. I have to be on friendly terms with the astronauts because someday I'm going to go hunt space nachos with them.