Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Witnessing a Dying Star

The universe never ceases to amaze me. Take for instance this picture. Located nearly six hundred light years away in the constallation Aquarius a star about the size of Earth is dying. See the white dot in the center of this picture, that is a white dwarf. It is spending its last days 'alive' spewing out gaseous material which will inevitably be recycled again to make a new baby star or protostar. Nothing ever gets wasted in the universe. I wish I could say the same thing about humans here on Earth.

5 comments:

joy said...

So mysterious I love the thought that one day we all will be able to travel in space.
I hope their won't be in many malls there.

PixieGaf said...

Joy, isn't it exciting to think about what else is out there?

LA said...

It looks exactly like an eye in that picture!

jane_austen said...

In relation to the universe as a whole, we humans on earth are just a miniscule part of that exsistence......very, very tiny, indeed! Love the post PixieG, gorgeous!!

PixieGaf said...

That is so true Jane.
A famous scientist who when trying to look for life outside our solarsystem came up with a scale of 1-3 on higher intelligences levels he was hoping to find. With 1 being the highest and 3 being the lowest our species who he considered very primitive did not even rank in this level.