Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Galaxies Colliding ?

Or something blowing through the middle of this galaxy like a 44 magnum bullet the size of a sextillion quadrillion billion googleplex of suns and a black hole tossed in for good measure out of a Dirty Harry gun assembled by aliens in the Vega system.  Or maybe the Q36 device operated by Marvin.

Or maybe it was climate change.

Either way it looks like a violent super fast, super slow motion event of galactic proportions. 

Click the picture to go to the APOD site and read a more sane description and click again to get a super sized version.



  1. If not for the Hubble Telescope, would we even know about these beautiful pictures of the outer universe [s]?

    1. TS, Vastly true. But they are doing some great things with ground based telescope arrays and software that adjusts for atmospheric conditions. The best stuff will always come from space. The Hubble replacement is scheduled to be sent up soon James Webb Telescope if I'm not mistaken.

  2. Still looks like a photo of the paint somebody spilled on my garage floor.

    Gold still heading south, Kid. Where are you picking the bottom? I'm sticking with $700/oz. Nice round number. Oil still a good long position. I'm on fire......

    1. Fredd, Good luck with the oil. Saudi's said today they are ramping up output. Supply and demand? I don't see oil/ gas prices snapping back. Especially with an election a year away.

      The bottom on Gold... Well, I'm saying between 105 and 110 on the GLD ETF. I'll translate that to 1000 on spot gold.
      I base this on one of the very best Elliot Wave Analysts out there - Avi Gilburt. Check him out.
      Hope you're doing well sir.

    2. Kid: Elections are always a year away. Going long on oil for me means holding it ten years. Or longer. Or dumping it in say 4 years when a geo-political event such as a Middle Eastern war sends prices soaring to $300 a barrel.

      How many elections during that 10 years are going to influence oil prices?

      Trying to pick when to buy or dump oil within a year and making money is almost no different than putting that same money on black in Vegas, and watching the croupier spin the wheel. Kid, your day trading tendencies are going to send you to the poor house.

    3. Fredd, many ways to make money in the market and yours is quite valid.

    4. I was just thinking today that we ought to have semi-annual presidential elections.
      Gas prices would always be down.

    5. Ed, Semi-annual elections seems like a wonderful idea. It's a constant campaign anyway. And let's do this for everyone. Congress too.

  3. In the universe, The End is always nearer than you think. Incredible picture.

    1. Admiral, Yes, lots of stuff going on out there.

  4. Safe in their alabaster chamber ––
    Untouched by morning and untouched by noon
    Sleep the meek members of the Resurrection ––
    Rafter of satin and roof of stone.

    Light laughs the breeze in her castle of sunshine.
    Babbles the bee in a stolid ear.
    Pipe the sweet birds in ignorant cadence.
    Ah! What Sagacity perished here!

    Grand go the years in the Crescent above them ––
    Worlds scoop their arcs, and firmaments row ––
    diadems drop, and Doges surrender ––
    Soundless as dots on a disc of snow.

    ~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    Even in the middle of the nineteenth century, the poet Emily Dickinson was aware of the awesome mystery of celestial bodies pursuing their courses with apparent indifference to our small comings and goings. She had a very advanced sense of perspective on Realty. Amazing for a person who traveled so little, and lived in a time of tremendous social constraint when educated women were looked on with suspicion, denigrated and generally dismissed as "bluestockings" –– often by men who in fact knew far less than some of the women they sought to "keep in their proper place."

    I'm sure she would have loved seeing the astonishing revelations Hubble has made available to us.

    1. FT, Yes, and there were some very great thinkers regards the universe even in the dark ages.

  5. Kid, do you have a telescope in use at home?
    This is so beautiful.

    1. Z, We have a telescope but it's almost not worth getting out. Surrounded by trees and not much sky to look at at our current location. Back in the sunbelt, we're expecting to have some big sky and less light pollution. It's a lot of fun when you can actually see the Milky Way with your unaided eyes.


    Go and catch a falling star,
        Get with child a mandrake root,
    Tell me where all past years are,
        Or who cleft the devil's foot,
    Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
    Or to keep off envy's stinging,
                And find
                What wind
    Serves to advance an honest mind.

    If thou be'st born to strange sights,
        Things invisible to see,
    Ride ten thousand days and nights,
        Till age snow white hairs on thee,
    Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
    All strange wonders that befell thee,
                And swear,
                No where
    Lives a woman true, and fair.

    If thou find'st one, let me know,
        Such a pilgrimage were sweet;
    Yet do not, I would not go,
        Though at next door we might meet;
    Though she were true, when you met her,
    And last, till you write your letter,
                Yet she
                Will be
    False, ere I come, to two, or three.

    ~ John Donne (1572-1631)

    Just another of many poetic causes for wonder and contemplation of the awesome mystery and incredible glory of the Cosmos.

    1. I always like it when women are involved :)