Wednesday, March 25, 2009


This amazing picture is of the Sombrero Galaxy (officially called M104), 28 million light years from Earth. Taken by the Hubble telescope, it shows a galaxy of 800 billion suns that is 50,000 light years across. The ordinary person, I am sure, is made to feel quite puny by this spectacular visage, but I am thinking that Whitney would have taken this hat in hand and worn it with aplomb.

Other extraordinary photographs from the Hubble telescope are gathered in this piece from the Daily Mail.