A beautiful remnant of a supernova.
Two galaxies colliding
Last Friday I was finished with classes for the day and I was in line to get out of the parking lot. The traffic was crazy there and everyone would just be stopped for minutes at a time, so I just started looking around at all the people making their way to their cars. I see a guy parked to the left of me wanting to get out so bad that he just drives right through the grass. Fine, whatever, maybe he’s in a hurry to get somewhere. But, what I saw him do next really put me off and made me question the minds of some people. As he was driving through the grass I saw him throw a plastic water bottle out of his passenger window into the grass. I don’t know why people litter, to feel the need to immediately throw out a piece of trash out of the window and can’t wait until they get home or wherever they are going. I guess they don’t understand that we are part of something so much greater and that we are not the center of the universe. Earth is our only home and it’s sad that people like him don’t care about that fact or don’t even bother to think about it. If I wasn’t already in line to leave I would’ve gotten out to pick it up. After he did that I couldn’t help but think of part of Carl Sagan’s, Pale Blue Dot quote,
"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”
M20: Trifid Nebula
Come Cluster of Galaxies
"We are, each of us, a little universe."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
M57: The Ring Nebula
4,000 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
The smaller galaxy right beside M51.