Regular readers of this website picking it up off the various feed options may be unaware of a little feature of the blog — there’s a sidebar widget that shows the Astronomy Picture of the Day. It’s a nifty website where, in their words, “a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.”
Today’s image is of the Helix Nebula. Seven hundred light-years away, it’s like a giant angry eye staring back at us from deep space.
I don’t know about you, but I instantly think of The Mote in God’s Eye when I look at that picture.
I started writing science fiction because I wanted to visit places like that. Ah, the sensawunder. Makes me feel like a little kid again. 🙂