This slide show is made up of images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope over the years. The pictures are dramatic, colourful and almost unbelievable. As I sat here watching them, I had to keep telling myself that they are not paintings. They're real images. The universe is an amazing place and sometimes you need something to remind us just where we fit in. Let's face it, we're just a small speck in the place.
It makes me think of The Galaxy Song, (listen to it here) from the Monty Python movie, The Meaning of Life:
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.
While searching for The Galaxy Song, I got diverted into a bunch of Monty Python sites, which kept me busy for quite awhile. Here's a fascinating clip I found. Not quite in the same vein, but interesting, nonetheless. It's also Eric Idle singing (he sang The Galaxy Song) but as you'll hear, this one is a bit more down-to-earth.
If you're a Python fan, the Pythonline Daily Llama site is where you can find out all things Python, and keep up on the current activities of all the guys. (That's where I found the clip above.)
Thanks to Todd from the GeekNewsCentral podcast for the Hubble link.