My God, It’s Full Of Stars

Ian-Fortey by Ian-Fortey on Nov. 21, 2013

Take a moment to look here at the Messier 15 star cluster in this photo taken by the Hubble Telescope and provided by the European Space Agency.  Located in the constellation Pegasus, M15 contains over 100,000, densely packed into a space 175 light years in diameter.  It’s 360,000 times brighter than our sun, making it almost visible to the naked eye under good conditions and easily visible with even an amateur telescope.

This is just one cluster of stars in our on Milky Way Galaxy.  Just one of countless.  Each speck of light its own sun.  Each sun perhaps with its own system of orbiting planets.  Each planet potentially a world not unlike our own. 

It’s easy to get lost in an image like this, at this vastness, this massive, incomprehensible macrocosm of energy and light and to compare it to ourselves, to our fleeting lives.  You and I will live to be 80?  Maybe 100?  M15 has existed for 12 billion years.

In the greatness of the universe it’ easy to overlook one’s individual significance but it’s worth noting that we do exist.  Human life, rather than insignificant in the face of the immensity and age and stunning power an diversity of the whole of creation, is perhaps the most significant thing of all.  Because which of those stars is able to look back at us?  What else out there dares ponder its own insignificance? There may be life beyond earth, it’s almost certain, but will it have achieved the heights of human civilization?  Will other worlds know music?  Will they have captured the beauty and form of life in stone and on canvas?  Will they write moving works of drama and adventure?

Look at M15 in wonder of the greatness of the universe and not at how it makes us small in comparison, but how it makes us great.  Who else but us is taking photos of such amazing things?

Check out the Ultra High Resolution image Here.

Aggies77 User

Need to take a few notes break. Stars that tightly compact will not contain complex solar systems, the gravity of surrounding stars, or the system of stars itself will rip them apart in a heart beat. The average separation of each star is less than 1/4 of what we have here. The ignition of each star, and continued ignition of more stars would blow solar systems out of balance and result in free planets floating off into space, extreme orbits, and planets falling into their stars and crashing into each other. Highly unlikely to find a successful life-bearing system in that mess.

RiotSt4rt3r User

I like to think the editor of these articles is impressing his colleagues by showing off his words per minute skills, the envy of every late 90's secretary.  

mofus68 User

Want astronomically mind blowing? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image:

Astronomers took a photo of a relatively dark part of the night sky about as big as a grain of sand held at arm's length, just to see what might be there. The result was an image containing over 10,000 galaxies, each with 100 to 300 billion stars.

eldystar User

big whoop my penis could cover that whole picture.

Shawn-Hicks-25 User

Did someone proof read this crap. I need a Job

Aggies77 User

@mofus68 wrote a report containing some info about this, another interesting note: none of the galaxies in the ultra deep field are within 1 billion light years of us.

Aggies77 User

@eldystar another interesting fact about your penis: 175 light years across would be the tightest pussy you ever got, including the one you crawled out of.