"Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. Measure what can be measured and make measurable what cannot be measured." ― Galileo Galilei
"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. and, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. it really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: you are all stardust." ― Lawrence M. Krauss
"Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That's who we are! We're not who we say we are, we're not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others."
- Neil deGrass Tyson
Today in our world of fast paced technology and growing population it's no wonder people forget to slow down and look up at the night sky. Even when we do look up we may just see a handful of stars and the moon. "Nothing to see here" we may think to ourselves as we get out of our cars at night and go about our business. Many people don't know what they are missing. How can you miss something you've never seen or thought twice about?
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." -Vincent van Gogh
For astrophotographer Mike Taylor in central Maine, that quote is very true. When most people are fast asleep Mike is out capturing stunning and surreal night sky photos so incredible van Gogh himself would have been in awe. Featuring millions of sparkling stars and vibrant curtains of color, his images look more like a fantasy painting than a photograph. Some say he is lucky because each night he captures something magical; a vivid fireball that appears from nowhere, a captivating aurora dancing with the Milky Way or airglow illuminating the dark sky.
Many of the amazing astrophotographers who share their work on Stellar Eyes are having exhibitions at art shows this summer! The computer screen does no justice to these beautiful night sky photos and it would be nice to meet these guys in person and show them support. Below is a list of the different shows all around the country. If you are in those areas don't miss the chance to check it out!
At first glance this image taken by Hubble immediately invokes mind-blowing awe and wonder. THIS is out there in our universe. Hubble tells us the story of the galaxy in which it focused it's gaze. This is galaxy NGC 4522. It is one of about 1,300 galaxies racing around each in the Virgo galaxy cluster. Speeding through space it is being stripped of it's gas content. Every one of the galaxies visible in this incredible image has it's own story. Each one is filled with hundreds of billions of other suns with perhaps trillions of planets. What are their stories?
There are so many astonishing wonders in our solar system. We've only began to scratch the surface of any of the celestial bodies that orbit our star. Like Neil deGrasse Tyson once said "We're not the only world to think about." These two little moons of Saturn, Mimas and Pandora, are probably not at the top of anyone's list to contemplate. However, because of science through the Cassini Mission we are finding out they are fantastic worlds filled with their own wonder and mystery.
Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.