Astronomical Tips and Tricks
This is called an Irregular Galaxy for its irregular shape. Don’t underestimate it’s size though, and growing. I believe these to be baby galaxies (without enough momentum to find a co-operative spiral shape just yet… I went to the only true source for these pictures: Hubble. And I am one of the worst offenders for picking the first selections in search engines; Obviously, I too figure that the best choice for quality and am seldom wrong… There goes this site :O(
Astronomy is just the most mind bending thing there is, and it really surprises me that these pictures are free for everyone to see, yet how few of us put these babies up on their screens is beyond me; They’re so cool! So don’t be too surprised if a few of them look a little blurry at full size. By the time you put them up as a background, they should be a lot clearer. I saved some small ones too, just because I thought they looked peculiar…
I only gave you the best ones, trust me. The rest were either too blurry or to grainy. There’s nothing worse than a bunch of grains around star dots; you can’t tell which are the grains, and which are the stars? I’m surprised for a telescope like Hubble we paid good money for, for them to have so many shoddy pictures! And a few of them were like 5 GB’s I’m not downloading a single 5 Gig pic. That’s ridiculous! What’s wrong with these people… Big hunk of space junk… Really though, these pictures will astound you! And I tried to keep most of them a meg or under… Sorry for some of the weird file titles. Astronomers have visions of grandeur, lol, so they must form extremely long file names, some of them… Sit back, pour yourself a cup of java and try and think deep OK?
I’d better give you a primer… Each star in space (Well where else would they be?), is at least 4 light years away from it’s nearest neighbor! What’s a light year? About 3 pounds 6 ounces. HOY! One light year is approx.: 6,000,000,000,000 (6 trillion miles). So that’s 24 Trillion miles between each star, and there are 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone. Andromeda, some 200 million light years away, is more than twice the size of our galaxy. Some elliptical galaxies have as many as 3 trillion stars in them.
The same goes for gas clouds (Nurseries where stars are being born). These are all hundreds of thousands, if not millions of light years across. Can your mind grasp these enormous distances and sizes? Do you care? Is there anybody out there? <Insert crickets here> Even planetary nebula and super nova’s encompass a huge amount of space. Beyond all this, it’s the extreme dazzling diamond like beauty of it all that makes me think of money :O(