|Hubble captures view of “Mystic Mountain”|
|Galactic wreckage in Stephan’s Quintet|
When my ego starts to get the better of me I turn to the heavens to get it under control. If it is a clear night I use our telescope. When the clouds have blanketed the cosmos it is off to the Hubble web page. Quite quickly I begin to loose the feeling of self importance.
Just to supply you with a little perspective… Mystic Mountain is just one very very small, might I say minuscule, part of the following picture and Mystic Mountain is give or take 50 Trillion kilometers tall;
|An image of NGC 3372 taken by the ESO VLT telescope|
Astronomy, amateur or professional is truly good for the soul. From my back yard on any clear night I can explore the universe at the speed of light. With, I might add, no fear of a speeding ticket and no need to fill up the gas tank!
I have gazed upon Stephen’s Quintet and meditated on the fact that I was looking at Trillions of Stars and an unknown number of planets, moons and mysteries. I have sat spell bound with my body on a stool in the Philippines while my mind and spirit were exploring the Carina Nebula.
The next time your ego is proving bothersome and the night is clear and dark go outside, look up and then in. If you can’t do that, then maybe a trip to the Hubble page will do the trick.