It’s late, but I wanted to pass a word of thanks on to fellow blogger, and military veteran J.R. Handley, who writes science fiction and keeps a website over at jrhandley.com. I’m not sure how we found each other’s websites, but I’m glad we did. I always enjoy checking in on how he’s doing with his writing and with the interesting people he features.
A couple of weeks ago, he asked me to do a guest spot for him, which ran today. If you don’t already follow JR, check his site out. You won’t be sorry. Thanks for featuring my work, JR. Here’s a direct link to the post.
In case I don’t get a chance to post anything tomorrow, I don’t want to let Memorial Day weekend get away without thanking JR and all the rest of our servicemen and women for all of their sacrifices. Thank you.
Apropos of nothing other than I love photos of galaxies, especially ones taken with (by?) the Hubble Space Telescope, here’s one of the Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104). This is a spiral galaxy, which is oriented almost edge-on as we see it from our couches and yards, like we’re looking just over the side of a dinner plate.
It’s about 50,000 light years across, which is about half the diameter of our Milky Way, and is 30 million light years off in the constellation Virgo. Imagine, it’s so far that the light from it that telescopes here on Earth can pick up has been traveling through all that unspeakable emptiness for 30 million years. At about 6 trillion miles to the light year, that’s around 180 quintillion (176,000,000,000,000,000,000) miles or 280,000,000,000,000,000,000 km, in the unlikely event my math is right. That’s a long, long way.
Incredible, isn’t it? What’s even more amazing about this photo is the Sombrero isn’t the only galaxy in it. If you look closely at the photo, you can see there are other galaxies, loads of them, much farther away, all around it. What could be happening in those places? Baseball? Dinosaurs? The premiere Star Wars? Nope… not for another 29,999,960 years.
Thanks for stopping by, and clear skies, everyone!