The Most Astounding Picture Of Stars Beyond Our Galaxy (Synopsis)

"We are stardust, we are golden,
We are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden." -Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

When Charles Messier first began cataloguing nebulae, even globular clusters, just a few tens of thousands of light years distant, weren’t resolvable into individual stars. But thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, we can see individual stars in other galaxies many millions of light years away.

Image credit: NASA, ESA and T.M. Brown (STScI), of background galaxies seen through the disk of Andromeda. Image credit: NASA, ESA and T.M. Brown (STScI), of background galaxies seen through the disk of Andromeda.

In a series of images taken from 2004-2007, well outside the region of the more-famous Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT), images of Andromeda’s outer disk, halo and stellar stream were acquired, giving us a glimpse of not only its Sun-like stars and dimmer variables, but of hundreds of background galaxies lying in the abyss of deep space beyond.

Image credit: NASA, ESA and T.M. Brown (STScI), of the stars in Andromeda's giant stellar stream. Via http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1112b/. Image credit: NASA, ESA and T.M. Brown (STScI), of the stars in Andromeda's giant stellar stream. Via http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1112b/.

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We are stardust, we are golden.
We are billion year old carbon.
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden

Joni Mitchell

By Fred Nielson (not verified) on 15 Feb 2016 #permalink

Just an aside ;
Even though the song was penned by Joni, it was so popular that some 280 odd other people had their own version, including C,S,N and Y, for whom the song was written.

How incredible it would be to see such vistas for ourselves, but, thanks for the photos.

Love! This is love...

By kelly ryan (not verified) on 15 Feb 2016 #permalink

According to Wikipedia Joni did not write the song for CSNY although she was real close with them; she first performed it a month after Woodstock and released a record of the song on Ladies of the Canyon (1970), the same month CSNY released their version on Déjà Vu.

By Wesley Dodson (not verified) on 18 Feb 2016 #permalink

@#4, Wes
Graham Nash & Joni were an item in those days. Although she was not present at the festival, CSN&Y passed the sights of their experience to Joni, who then penned the song. What you divine from that is up to you.
:)