While researching another article, at the top of the search results was the heading:
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“Wow! Hubble Snaps Super-Deep View of Universe (Photos)”.
“Released as the first “Frontier Fields” view from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the new images mark the deepest-ever observations of a cluster of galaxies. The photos center on Abell 2744, a group of several hundred galaxies found 3.5 billion light-years away from Earth.”
Wow! Talk about time travel! 3.5 billion light-years! That means it took the light 3.5 billion years to hit the Hubble. How about that? No time machine required. It’s true, that it’s not as adventurou. Nor is there a risk involved. But it’s still exciting and fascinating, don’t you think? And what a magnificant sight to behold!
As I viewed each image, a short film popped in my head a few times. It was the image of billions upon billions of stars soaring in the depths of outerspace toward the television screen of my mind as an unseen spaceship is zipping toward them in the darkness smack dab in the middle. And the words, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (without the “Star Trek”) echoed.
That image gave me an idea for another blog post, which is what I’ve been focused on researching this weekend.
“The Frontier Fields project will take advantage of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing, in which the gravitational field of a massive foreground object bends and brightens the light from a more distant object, acting like a lens.”
I don’t know about you, but to me, just gazing at these images, the stars look close enough to be able to see in the nighttime sky. Amazing.
“The discovery began as a fortuitous accident, said study lead author Arjen van der Wel, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany. Researchers sifting through data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope stumbled on curious observations of a distant galaxy.”
“Fortuitous accident” or synchronicity? I’m sure you know my answer.
“The detailed image could help scientists map dark matter — a mysterious substance thought to make up the bulk of the mass in the universe — by looking into the way it distorts background light.”
You can read more here and there are also other links to follow for even more information about the Frontier Fields project.
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