Wednesday, July 16, 2008

M-16, The Eagle Nebula

This is the M-16, the eagle nebula. It is a beautiful thing. I have a hard time thinking the universe was made by accident when I look at these pictures. When I look at these, I feel the same way I feel when I look at my kids, or really, any kids. I feel it was made with the utmost care and thought.

And this is a small part of it. Small being a relative term since they are light years tall. And if you're wondering how big that is, the earth is 8 light minutes from the sun. It's called the Pillars of Creation. Stars are born here. Or rather, they were. They were destroyed by a supernova about 7, 000 years ago. But we won't be able to see the blast for another thousand years.

And this bit is the Stellar Spire. Somehow it looks like it's moving to me. Spinning and dancing like a little girl. Maybe it is. You never know.


kath said...

Dear stay at home mom ( bless you for doing that ) karen,

Are your kids as intelligent and clever as you? I so you will have one extraordinary family......not just cute.

Karen said...

Thank you Kath! I sometimes think they are much smarter than I am. I was foolish enough to think I'd be in charge around here, when they were smart enough to know that they would be, LOL. But thank you for the compliment. It means a lot to me.