Our amazing universe

Ok, so I’m a total dork. When I was a kid and I got scared I’d look at this book of photos from space – it’s always been reassuring to me to see how tiny we are in the scheme of things. This photo, and the nebula-pr0n by some NASA copywriter, were totally irresistible.
clipped from www.queerty.com

Hubble
Hubble
The image reveals dramatic ridges and valleys of dust, serpent-head ‘pillars of creation,’ and gaseous filaments glowing fiercely under torrential ultraviolet radiation. The region is on the edge of a dark molecular cloud that is an incubator for the birth of new stars. The high-energy radiation blazing out from clusters of hot young stars is sculpting the wall of the nebula by slowly eroding it away. Another young cluster may be hidden beneath a circle of brilliant blue gas. In this approximately 100-light-year-wide fantasy-like landscape, dark towers of dust rise above a glowing wall of gases on the surface of the molecular cloud. The seahorse-shaped pillar at lower, right is approximately 20 light-years long, roughly four times the distance between our sun and the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.
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