—— Forwarded Message
From: Ray Little
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:50:05 -0600
To: Dell Little
Does this make you think of how big God is?
The deep field photo has always been my favorite Hubble image. It is a long (~ ten days) exposure of a random patch of sky the size of what you would see looking through an eight-foot long straw (or, the size of a tennis ball at 100 meters). In that small patch alone, one can see around 3,000 galaxies (each of those smudges in the photo is a different galaxy). Each of those galaxies has on the order of several hundred billion stars. Multiply the number of stars in that tiny tiny spot across the entire sky (it is about two-millionths of the entire sky), and you have a sense of how big the universe is and how small we are.
Antares is the 15th-brightest star in our sky. It is more than 1,000 light years away.
Now, try to wrap your mind around this…
This is a Hubble Telescope "ultra-deep-field" infrared view of countless "entire" galaxies billions of light-years away:
Below is a close-up of one of the darkest regions of the photo above: