Nasa's Biggest Photo


aaronvan

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yep

an excellent reminder of how insignificant we really are
"E=MC2"

Some day, perhaps, some alien eye or eyes,
Blood red in cold and polished horny lids,
Set in a chitinous face
Will sweep the arch of some dark, distant sky
And see a nova flare,
A flick of light, no more.
A pinpoint on a photographic plate,
A foot-note in an alien chart of stars
Forgotten soon on miles of dusty shelves
Where alien beetles feed.
A meal for worms,
Sole epitaph
To mark the curious end of restless man,
Who for a second of galactic time
Floated upon a speck of cosmic dust
Around a minor sun.

-- Rosser Reeves (1961)
 
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LizKat

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yep

an excellent reminder of how insignificant we really are

good idea sharing
I agree... but on the other hand we might also be a pretty special collection of critters. Not that there couldn't be other collections of unique creatures as well. Either way we could probably set a better example of how to make the best of what a planet has to offer to the universe. We too often act like no one's watching...

Thanks to the OP for the video link; it's a humbling and beautiful thing to watch.
 

Traverse

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I wonder how many GBs the file size is! :eek:

EDIT: Video said 4.3 GBs. That's actually lower than I thought it be. Still, it's amazing!

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I'm assuming you can't download it can you?
 

Huntn

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I don't see how a human being could view this image and not feel awe. It makes me feel reverent, that I am part of something like this. Interesting at the YouTube link, there were 46k up votes and 438 down votes. Really? Who gets negative vibes from something like this?

635573577805533864-635573330936639965-Andromeda-Galaxy.jpg

Nasa Link- Note: the image (not the one above) is just a portion of Andromeda, yet it includes 100m+ stars.
 
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Mac'nCheese

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"E=MC2"

Some day, perhaps, some alien eye or eyes,
Blood red in cold and polished horny lids,
Set in a chitinous face
Will sweep the arch of some dark, distant sky
And see a nova flare,
A flick of light, no more.
A pinpoint on a photographic plate,
A foot-note in an alien chart of stars
Forgotten soon on miles of dusty shelves
Where alien beetles feed.
A meal for worms,
Sole epitaph
To mark the curious end of restless man,
Who for a second of galactic time
Floated upon a speck of cosmic dust
Around a minor sun.

-- Rosser Reeves (1961)
Whoa

--Keanu Reeves (A Lot)

;)
 

yg17

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Can that be converted to JPEG, TIFF, or PNG?
On the right side of the NASA page, you can download a smaller version in JPEG and TIFF.

If you really want to open the original 4.3 gig file, Photoshop should be able to open it if you've got enough horsepower.