Hubble snaps a spiral galaxy approximately 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices

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Is it just me or does it seem as if Hubble has been cranking out gem after gem since the launch of the James Webb? I wonder if it feels threatened…


Wow, this is truly amazing! How long does it take for images like this to get from the Hubble back to earth?


*what the galaxy looked like 55 million years ago I know, I know …. I’m just being stupid. It just amazes me to think of the unimaginable scales of time and distance in the universe. Or to even imagine what the universe will look like billions of years from now. Will we see less of these distant objects as we all move apart from one another? Or to imagine even trillions of years into the future. Will the space we look at be darker and more empty or will we see the same amount of galaxies out there? When you start imagining the scales of distance and time … it just makes our tiny little speck so insignificant. It always makes me remember Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. In a billion years, no one in the universe will know we ever existed and all the important things we believe we are are fighting and dying for will not have mattered at all.


The fact that this stuff exists so far out of our reach still constantly amazes me. Especially if we are the only life intelligent enough to look out in to the universe like this.


Billions of stars…likely a hundred million life forms and perhaps hundreds of technological intelligences.