Monday, April 15, 2013

Magellanic Clouds

okay, admittedly I picked this one because of the pics...

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but, you may wonder, just what exactly are the Magellanic Clouds? In fact they are known as the Large and the Small Magellanic Clouds, both dwarf galaxies which may be orbiting our own Milky Way. There is some thought that both galaxies were once barred spiral galaxies.* Here is another spectacular view of both galaxies (far left) taken by ESO's (European Southern Observatory's) Very Large Telescope in the Chilean Atacama Desert.


* There are three types of galaxies, two of which have further subdivisions. To learn more about the various types of galaxies, go here

19 comments:

  1. Awwww such pretty pretty things out there in the universe! How lovely! Take care
    x

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  2. Amazing pictures. Can you imagine what it would be like to really see them?

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  3. Wow! Love those pictures. They're amazing.

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  4. those are beautiful, Marcy

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  5. Love these, Marcy......

    I can certainly see why you chose this for your M day!

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  6. Our universe is so huge and spectacular. I think it's ludicrous people believe the only life in it is on Earth.

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  7. i dont blame you, those pictures are beautiful! gosh.

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  8. How cool that you can see galaxies from earth like that!

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  9. I'd love to spend a few days in Chile, wouldn't you?? What an amazing experience!!

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  10. Gorgeous photos- very interesting! :)

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  11. Very interesting, and I loved the photos.
    Shawn at Reading Practice

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  12. Gorgeous piccies.
    Now I have "gone bush", and being Downunder I can see the Magellanic clouds any clear night.
    Quite awe inspiring

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    1. Holy cow you lucky guy! I'm jealous.

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