Cosmic Field Trip III

January 2, 2015

NGC 2207 and IC 2163 are two spiral galaxies in the process of merging.

Galaxies colliding giving off light both beautiful and blinding,
Black holes creating chaos, in its path space-time is battered,
And as one world is torn apart, billions of other life forms take shape and get scattered.
Throughout the universe in its vastness wonders arise, alive and dead, the cycle never-ending.
Be careful where you step, my friend,
For space is not a place where you can simply blend,
Don’t try and run too fast, as bumps are right around the bend.
Don’t look too close for you might find
Strange sights and frights of every kind…
Ice planets and gas dwarfs
Emerald blue worlds, whirling around in orbits of countless millennia…
the slow little smurfs;
Bright red devils that in their paths anything and everything start hoarding,
Worlds blown asunder, as other are teamed with life… vibrating.
Lone rogue warriors who’ve long been exiled,
Drifting along to find a new home, a new star to claim it and have its sins reconciled.
Its riches don’t dare try to measure,
Its immensity don’t calculate for its doomed for failure,
For your life is too short to even take a peek at the infinite treasure,
At the infinite splendor, each day a new one being born,
At the infinite nightmare, each second sounding its horn.

by Vlad-Ovidiu Adam

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/S.Mineo et al, Optical: NASA/STScI, Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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