December 8, 2009

The Heavens from the Hubble

 Advent Hubble 1
Planetary nebula NGC 2818


In a repeat of the tradition begun last year, The Boston Globe's Big Picture offers up the Hubble Space Telescope Advent calendar with a new photo each day.  The first is above.  Below is today's.

 Hubble Omegacentauri
The glittering light of some two million stars from the Omega Cenauri globular cluster, 17,000 light years away.  About 200 such globular clusters orbit the Milky Way.

How did we ever think that space was empty?  There is a fullness and abundance in this vast expanse we can only dimly grasp.  To look at these photos is to grasp the awe the psalmist felt, "The heavens declare the glory of God". - Psalm 19.

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 8, 2009 10:48 PM | Permalink