Alone we are not (lonely, maybe)

Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 1:56 pm under Photos.

Source: the Big Picture

I found the image above while going through “The decade in news photographs” photo series on The Big Picture. I quote:

astronomers pointed Hubble at a tiny, relatively empty part of our sky (only a few stars from the Milky Way visible), and created an exposure nearly 12 days long over a four-month period. The result is this amazing image, looking back through time at thousands of galaxies that range from 1 to 13 billion light-years away from Earth. Some 10,000 galaxies were observed in this tiny patch of sky (a tenth the size of the full moon) – each galaxy a home to billions of stars

“Mind-boggling” doesn’t quite begin to describe it. To me it seems obvious that there HAS to be someone in the gazillion planets above. Of course, we may never meet them.

On a different note, I was happy not to see the iPhone pictured as representative of the decade, at least until I saw that Paris Hilton was there.

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