The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, is on the outer edge of our solar system more than 10 billion miles away. In February 1990, when Voyager 1 was almost 4 billion miles from us, scientists turned its camera toward Earth and took some pictures that revealed our planet as an almost imperceptible blue dot on a vast sea of empty space.
In the immense reaches of our universe, Earth is just a minuscule speck. On this seemingly insignificant pebble in the ocean of galactic objects live more than seven billion people.
If this makes you feel insignificant, there is some good news. Tucked into one of David’s Psalms is a rhetorical question that can allow you to step out into the night air, look up at the sky, and rejoice. Psalm 8:3-5 tells us that we are superstars in God’s eyes: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers…what is man that You are mindful of him?….You have crowned him with glory and honor.” Soak that in! God, who spoke into existence a universe so vast that the Hubble telescope hasn’t found the end of it, created you, and He cares deeply for you. He cared enough to ask Jesus to leave heaven to die for you.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute. The Hubble is in a low orbit, free of distortion from Earth’s atmosphere. Shortly after it was launched in 1990, scientists discovered it had a flawed mirror. That problem has since been corrected, and it has proved a useful tool for astronomers. Below are stunning images collected by the Hubble. The first image above shows a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula, 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina.
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6217
A celestial object that looks like a butterfly
The Crab Nebula.
A region of the Eagle Nebula
Bright blue newly formed stars blow a cavity in the centre of a star-forming region known as N90
The central region of our Milky Way galaxy
Hundreds of brilliant blue stars wreathed by clouds. The grouping, called R136, is in the 30 Doradus Nebula
The Cone Nebula, M17
Galaxy M51 or NGC 5194
The Sombrero galaxy
This nebula is about 170,000 light years away
Two spiral galaxies pass by each other. The larger and more massive galaxy, left, is NGC 2207, and the smaller one on the right is IC 2163
Arp 148 is nicknamed “Mayall’s object” and is in the constellation of Ursa Major
Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets off the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen
The Antennae merging pair of galaxies
A snapshot of Mars
The Pillars of Creation at the heart of the Eagle Nebula are gaseous nurseries for newborn stars
Astronomers have spotted mid-size black holes that are neither supermassive nor as lightweight as a handful of stars using the Hubble Space Telescope
The Orion Nebula
ESO 510-G13 is a galaxy wtih an unusual twisted disk structure
Messier 101, a spiral galaxy
An image of four moons of Saturn passing in front of their parent planet
NGC 5754 is the large spiral galaxy on the right, and NGC 5752 is the smaller companion galaxy in the bottom left
The Bug Nebula (NGC 6302) has impressive walls of compressed gas, with a dark torus surrounding the inner nebula
Star V838 Monocerotis’s (V838 Mon) light echo, which is about six light years in diameter
A small region within M17, also known as the Omega or Swan Nebula
The Carina Nebula
Remnants from a star that exploded thousands of years ago, known as the Pencil Nebula or NGC 2736
This image of the coil-shaped Helix Nebula is a composite of images from the Hubble Space Telescope and from the Mosaic Camera on the National Science Foundation’s 0.9-metre telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona
This life is awesome and is a blessing, love your body, express your character and see what the world has to offer.
Parts of this article from msn.com.