The most important picture ever taken

Yesterday while browsing the net i came across a picture which left me almost speechless and in a state of awe. It was taken back in 2004 when they pointed the hubble  telescope at an apparently empty piece of space ,smaller than a 1 mm-by-1 mm square of paper held 1 meter away, over  a period of  4months. And what they saw in that insignificantly  tiny  portion of empty sky was breath taking, over 10 000 galaxies, each on containing hundreds of billions of stars. every single point  and smudge of light here is a galaxy(exept those 4 lights that have a cross shape across them, they are stars)

 

 


(click the picture twice to get it to a decent resolution)

 

Then i found clip on youtube that helped me get my head around the numbers involved in this picture

 

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Comment by Nate on August 3, 2011 at 3:13pm

Amazing isnt it!  God must have put those there so that he can show us that He is everywhere, even where we think there is nothing.  All praise His awesome power. Amen.

 

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Ok I think I threw up a little in my mouth... Seriously though, the cosmos are amazing, I hope we can make it out there someday. I love space. Its only, you know, everything.

 

Comment by Carol Whitt on August 3, 2011 at 3:29pm

@Nate Ha! That first bit made me chuckle.

 

I love this picture because it sparks all sorts of theories. How many planets are in those galaxies? How many of those planets could potentially hold intelligent life?

Comment by Matthew Wood on August 4, 2011 at 1:42am

When I see a photo like this, I look at one of the distant galaxies (ones that are not so well defined, but still show some shape and definition) and wonder if some intelligent civilization out there has their own space telescope pointing near our galaxy and wondering the same thing I do.

Comment by Robert Karp on August 4, 2011 at 9:35am

@Flower!  Hubblism? I like it!  Hubblistic?  A follower is a hubbler? The Hubble.

Comment by Rocky john on August 4, 2011 at 11:52am

The scary thing is i have come across a number of forums where the people believe either that hubble is a complete hoax( i know you can only shake your head in disbelief at scientific illitrates who have the mentality of " i dont understand it  therefor it is impossible") or complain about how much hubble has cost and say it is a complete waste of time

Comment by Nate on August 4, 2011 at 11:56am

wow... Ill tell you what is a waste of funds and time, all those super churches they build...

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