Monday, June 05, 2006

Hubble Deep Field in a Spider Web




"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."

William Blake

OK. It's a bit of a stretch, but can you, too, see why I smiled down at the mini-universe of this busy spider? This web caught my eye on a morning walk through a nearby woods. The Hubble Space Telescope recorded these distant galaxies, the furthest, 12 billion light years away. The imponderable fact is that this represents a miniscule area of the universe. Hold a dime 75 feet from your face and that is the area of the sky represented in this breath-taking image.

2 comments:

katy said...

Hello, Cathy!

Remember me? i'm the girl with the cat in the rain ... you were kind enough to offer me a lift. I was surprised and delighted to find someone with such similar interests in such an unexpected way! I think the Lord wanted us to meet that day :)

What a neat photo comparison! Pictures of the universe always remind me of one of my favorite verses - "the heavens declare the glory of the Lord, and the firmament shows His handiwork ... He spreads the heavens like a curtain ..."

talk to you soon

katy & carrie

Cathy said...

Oh Katy! Yes! I'm so glad you've stopped by to say 'hello'. After that month of birding and many family obligations and guests I'm struggling to pick up the traces of my life again. I've not forgotten our lovely encounter and please keep me in mind as I would so enjoy a vistit with you when things are a bit more settled.