Space: Photo Frontier

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Cameras are everywhere now—from inner space at the nano level, to the outer reaches of space.

The amazing thing is how similar these images can be. It’s similar to how the most minute detail of a story often reveals a universal truth.  This week we’ll start with the greater than global view–the most recent glorious photos from the Hubbell Space Telescope that has been traveling the far reaches of space for 19 years.

In future posts we’ll focus in tighter—into the tiniest slices of life and technology in future posts.

One of the things NASA and other space observers does best is capture images of things we will never, ever see up close.

Hubble recently captured this peculiar system of galaxies known as Arp 194. Says NASA: This is an interactive group made of several galaxies, along with a “cosmic fountain” of stars, gas, and dust that stretches over 100,000 light-years.

Arp 194 is located in the constellation Cepheus, approximately 600 million light-years away from Earth. These photos were taken in January 2009 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Images taken through blue, green, and red filters were combined for this magnificent image.

If nothing else, an image like this can transport your mind from the mundane or tragic—to the possibilities of, well, the universe. Have you ever photographed star fields? Or stars and planets through a telescope? What did you discover? Let us know! More space spectacles to come.


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