Thursday, September 10, 2009


(The Pistol Star, a brilliant star in Milky Way's core. Click on image to enlarge.)

Every Thursday, I post a very large photograph of some corner of space captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and available online from the picture album at HubbleSite. NASA on Wednesday unveiled the first deep space photos taken by Hubble since its billion dollar repair mission last spring. Large versions of this images are not yet available, but smaller versions (STUNNING!) can be seen with the AP article here.


by William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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