Small grouping of galaxies, note the elliptical galaxy in the bottom left is over 89 million light years away from the other galaxies. (note the merger)
The surprisingly odd galaxy named Belarus 234LOL is located approximately 7.8 Billion light years from here. In addition to that this galaxy was the first high resolution picture ever taken of another galaxy by the HUBBLE space telescope (taken in 1990). It also challenges the approach that most galaxies have super massive black holes in their center, which has forced Astronomers to come up with the term “Super massive smiley faces”. The galaxy is roughly 200,000 light years across
Okay so I Won’t usually do this, but I wanted to add a rare bit of fun
Anonymous said: Do you think humanity is special in the Universe?
No, Instead I believe that we are but one of perhaps billions of civilizations. As Carl Sagan once said
" We do not live in a privileged referenced frame, and if we crave some cosmic purpose…let us find ourselves a worthy goal”
I still hold out a hope that one day, that a group of extraordinary individuals who may consist of scientists, The everyday enthusiast, and men and women who simply have a passion for learning and skepticism may actually consist of the majority of of congress, for then…and only then will our nation become a repository of Ideas and learning. Now just imagine…just for a moment;
*No energy wars
*Little to no war
*the current NASA budget being flipped with the current military one which would be (Nasa-580 Billion), (Military 20 Billion)
*President Tyson addressing the Nation on the Education budget quadrupling
*Our National motto being Doubt and Ask
Wouldn’t this be a truly wonderful Nation, that could through its own example help start a wave of peace. invest into education, science, culture. And Hope the rest of the world would follow suite.
Just imagine…The possibilities that exist out there.
The Galactic Dance of the colliding galaxies known as NGC 3144…
NGC 3314 is actually two large spiral galaxies which just happen to almost exactly line up. The foreground spiral is viewed nearly face-on, its pinwheel shape defined by young bright star clusters. But against the glow of the background galaxy, dark swirling lanes of interstellar dust appear to dominate the face-on spiral’s structure. The dust lanes are surprisingly pervasive, and this remarkable pair of overlapping galaxies is one of a small number of systems in which absorption of light from beyond a galaxy’s own stars can be used to directly explore its distribution of dust. NGC 3314 is about 140 million light-years (background galaxy) and 117 million light-years (foreground galaxy) away in the multi-headed constellation Hydra. The background galaxy would span nearly 70,000 light-years at its estimated distance. A synthetic third channel was created to construct this dramatic new composite of the overlapping galaxies from two color image data in the Hubble Legacy Archive.