Sunday, August 1, 2010

Baby Stars Found in Center of Our Galaxy

Look at this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of an area in our Milky Way Galaxy. In the center you'll see 3 bustling little baby stars - the first to be discovered in this region - because all previous attempts met with too much dust at the core. Spitzer caught it because it uses sharp infrared eyes which can cut through dust like butter.

The center of our Galaxy is hectic - packed with starstuff, gas, dust
- and we've always wondered how complex stars formed in such places. So we've known stars - like our star "Sol" - are born in such a nebula, but never able to see them actually forming - UNTIL NOW.
Eyes in space will be watching for a good while.More beauty: Two nebulae and a giant flare on Sol, the star keeping us in its orbit.


Thomas said...

Aw, they're so cute when they're that age. :)

Kathy said...

How pretty! They'll be beauties when they grow up.

tony said...

God's Maternity Unit!

FrankandMary said...

I love that picture. Thanks for this entry. ~Mary

Big Mark 243 said...

You always seem to make me think. I don't like how the blogger dashboard works because other blog's are so frequently updated that they 'blog things up' and pushes down the entries of others and it is often 'out of sight, out of mind'.

Catching this entry makes me wonder how did man come up with the concept of God and our universal uniqueness. That boggles my mind, the idea that we are so special in the entire whole of an existence that we can not wholly concieve of in its entirety.

As a child a simple question made me wonder about the purpose of religion. Faith is, I believe, a necessary component to our existence. I do think that if we don't believe we can, then we won't. But as I have grown and matured, more tangible things and having a greater understanding how the minds of men work (but really not more of an understanding than how the universe itself, or even life on earth, works) makes me question the entire notion of religious purpose.

It can be possible that we ARE the only beings that the creator whispers to, but I don't think that she would have such an obvious favorite to share things with. Maybe if there is a God as according to the major theistic faiths, he would be as selfish and purposely antagonistic to have a favored creation.

That is what to me, seems to drive all of them. The lesser religions, some nearly expunged from memory because they spoke of unity of life and the being working with the universe that is at hand, differed greatly from the belief system of the 'civilized' world in that they tended to be of inclusion than exclusion.

So even in observing and knowing about the immensity of galaxies far, far away, Religion would have us believe that the rest of existence is 'unworthy'.

This is what your post drew from me and, after all, you dared me!!

Big Mark 243 said...

Had I saw Tony's comment before I posted...

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Diane J Standiford said...

Birth is glorious. We are the stuff that stars are made of.

Ana said...

Hi sweetie!
Thanks for sharing. It is really amazing knowing the babies stars.
I forgot to tell you that I loved your new photo. I know you changed a long time but I always forget to tell you.