Space Shot of the Day: 100,000 Stars
If you’re running on Chrome browser, check out Google’s latest Experiment project that visualizes the precise location of at least 100,000 stars in our Milky Way galaxy, using various imagery and data pulled from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). For your frame of reference, there are approximately 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
So it begins…. Tried painting a super nova for a friend, but I didn’t have a solid idea of what to paint, so it turned out like shot & got tossed. However, this has been in my head for the last 2-3 weeks.
Composite image from the new ALMA radio telescope. One part of the image is 75 million light-years away.
Beauties of The Universe: An Assortment of Favorite Galaxies
Click individual images for galaxy’s specific catalog name in case you find any you claim to be your favorite as well. Enjoy!
A massive, gravitationally bound system that consists of stars and stellar remnants, an interstellar medium of gas, dust, and an important but poorly understood component tentatively dubbed dark matter. The name is from the Greek word galaxias [γαλαξίας], literally meaning “milky”, a reference to the Milky Way galaxy. Typical galaxies range from dwarfs with as few as ten million (107) stars, up to giants with a hundred trillion (1014) stars, all orbiting the galaxy’s center of mass. -Wiki
Rho Ophiuchi Complex
Distance: 500 Light Years away
A dark nebula of gas and dust that is located 1° south of the star ρ Ophiuchi of the constellation Ophiuchus. At an estimated distance of 131 ± 3 parsecs (or 500 light years), this cloud is one of the closest star-forming regions to the Solar System.
Copyright: Manuel Jung