Space is silent and mysterious
but there is nothing quite
like the feeling of having
the solar winds to your back,
nothing like the tranquility
that comes from sailing the stars.
It leaves me at peace,
this silence that comes
from the cosmic oceans,
this whispering hush from the sea of stars,
this vast emptiness that leaves me whole.
We’re all imperfect yet we reach for the stars.
When I was younger
I would look up at the stars,
twinkling in the darkness like
diamonds in her eye and wonder,
who is she?
Who is the maiden who governs the celestial map?
What is her destiny?
And what does she have planned for me?
So many quest
Spiral galaxy NGC 3521 is olny 35 million light-years away, toward the constellation Leo. Spanning some 50,000 light-years the galaxy sports characteristic patchy, irregular spiral arms laced with dust, pink star forming regions, and clusters of young, blue stars. This deep image also finds NGC 3521 embedded in gigantic bubble-like shells. The shells are likely tidal debris, streams of stars torn from satellite galaxies that have undergone mergers with NGC 3521 in the distant past.