Friday, June 19, 2009


On a clear night we can gaze at the starry skies and wonder at its beauty. If we have a small telescope, we can see even more detail. But our view of the heavens is limited by the earth’s atmosphere.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a robotic telescope located on the outer edge of our atmosphere. It was named as a tribute to Edwin Hubble, and was launched into space on April 24, 1990. These are just a few of the magnificent wonders photographed by the Hubble, unseen by the naked eye. Enjoy!

M42: Orion Nebula

M57: Ring Nebula

Here is the Galaxy Hat, also called M 104 in the Messier catalog, distance of about 28 million light-years it is considered the best photograph taken by Hubble.

Nebula MZ3, called Fourmi, between 3000 and 6000 light years

Eskimo Nebula NGC 2392 located 5000 light years

The impressive Nebula Cat's Eye

The Hourglass Nebula located 8000 light years away, a beautiful nebula with a narrowing in its central part.

Two swirling galaxies, the NGC 2207 and IC 2163 located 114 million light-years.

NGC 2237: The Rosette Nebula

And after all that, you want something funny? Too bad I don't have an astronomy joke.
Well, let's see.

I love carbs, but they don't like me;
Look at my thighs, so all can see--
A curse that comes from too much pie
Snack cakes, sweet tea, ham on rye.

Go to the gym four times per week,
Dance class twice, stay with beat,
Bend knees, side step, back once more,
Hang tough, fall down, hit the floor.

Jump rope, bike hard, swim ten laps
Push up, pull back, walk real fast.
Lean, mean shape and abs of steel
Less food in, needs good strong will.

Now, for you, this tale is done;
Look out, bake shop, here we come!


  1. Beautiful photos. I live too far north and won't even see a star for a few weeks. Of course winter nights are long but usually cloudy. When you were on your cruise to Hawaii, were you able to see into the Milky Way? That's one thing I loved about the Caribbean.