A Real ‘Galactic Portal’ – This Is an Actual Hubble Picture, Not CGI 😳
The galaxy NGC 4380 looks like a special effect straight out of a science fiction or fantasy film in this Hubble Picture of the Week, swirling like a gaping portal to another dimension.
In the grand scheme of things, though, the galaxy is actually quite ordinary. Spiral galaxies like NGC 4380 are one of the most common types of galaxy in the Universe. These colossal collections of stars, often numbering in the hundreds of billions, are shaped like a flat disc, sometimes with a rounded bulge in the center. Graceful spiral arms outlined by dark lanes of dust wind around the bulging core, which glows brightly and has the highest concentration of stars in the galaxy.
Imaging was gathered using the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This camera, which replaced Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in May 2009, provides Hubble with powerful imaging capabilities including broad wavelength coverage, wide field of view, and high sensitivity. For this image of NGC 4380, filters of the following wavelengths were used: 475 nm, 814 nm, and 1.6 μm.
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1️⃣ Choose the word that resonates with you most. The one that you feel you'd like to embody.
2️⃣ Write that word down. There is power in setting pen to paper to create a physical reminder of this personal quality.
3️⃣ Sit in a quiet room with your eyes closed and your piece of paper in front of you.
4️⃣ Begin by expressing gratitude for yourself—giving thanks for that trait that you chose and the ways in which it has already manifested in your life.
5️⃣ Now, move your gratitude toward the people you love. How do they express this trait? How do you see it manifested in others?
6️⃣ Extend your thoughts of gratitude toward other things in the world that you have a tendency to take for granted. Whatever pops into your mind at this time, be grateful for it. ♥️
〰️ When you come out of this meditation, keep a heart of gratitude throughout your day as you continue to reflect on that chosen quality that shines through you and those around you.
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