Those of us a certain age remember when it looked like the Hubble Telescope was a colossal, technological failure. Every story about it was about another malfunction. Thankfully it rallied after some initial repairs and has delivered decades of amazing shots; but none better than this photo of an entire honking galaxy!
From some group called “NASA”:
The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disk. It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk.
You know something that vast is teeming with life; even intelligent life. I can only imagine that in all of that galaxy, there is STILL no one who understands the appeal of Josh Hartnett.