Sean Williams

nebula unveiled

posted on 4 Oct 2006 at 11:41 am

The universe is so beautiful I could weep.

This image of the Lagoon Nebula, with stars removed, confirms something I’ve been thinking for a while: that stars may be the engines driving many interstellar process and the campfires around which lifeforms like us huddle, but aesthetically speaking they’re worse than dirt on the lens. The real beauty lies in the nebulae, the distant galaxies, and the vast webs of matter spanning the gulfs. Stars may come and go, but space dust will be with us forever. Amen.