A Patchwork of Galaxies - Halfway to the Edge of our Universe
In this image we see more than halfway to the edge of the observable Universe. This image is the result of 14 hour exposure of the Hubble Space telescope. Many of the objects are galaxies within this image are clusters about 5 billion light years away. The light from quasar QSO-160913+653228 took nine billion years to reach us and allows us to observe time on a truly cosmic scale.
In the ancient world, the Circle was seen as the ideal form, so it influenced the view of the Solar System and the vision of heavens. Ptolemy’s geocentric model, which was the prevailing view of the Solar System and Earth’s place in it for over 1400 years (until debunked by Copernicus), held that the Earth was static at the centre of the Universe, with all other bodies revolving around it in perfect circles. In the Ptolemaic system, the planets are assumed to move in a small circle called an epicycle, while epicycles rotated along a larger circle called a deferent, which in turn rotated around the Earth. The Earth then was like as the central hub of the Cosmos, everything else orbiting it eastward in uniform motion. This allowed Ptolemy to explain planetoids retrograde motion - the point at which planets seem to double back on their orbits at certain points in the year. With circles turning on circles at somepoint they seem to double back on themselves, which creates the idea of the spirograph like pattern in the design.
Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the ‘Keyhole Nebula, ’ obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture is a montage assembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which used six different colour filters.
The picture is dominated by a large, approximately circular feature, which is part of the Keyhole Nebula, named in the 19th century by Sir John Herschel. This region, about 8000 light-years from Earth, is located adjacent to the famous explosive variable star Eta Carinae, which lies just outside the field of view toward the upper right. The Carina Nebula also contains several other stars that are among the hottest and most massive known, each about 10 times as hot, and 100 times as massive, as our Sun.