September 15, 2011

This image enchants me

APOD shows us a galaxy with a cloud of loose stars around it.

And when I look at it, I imagine what it would be like if one of those stars in the cloud above the galactic disk had an inhabited planet. That amazing spiral galaxy would fill the entire sky some nights. What would people on that planet think? Would they worship it? What would they name it?

(How did we English speakers end up with such an unromantic name for our own galaxy? "The Milky Way"? You must be kidding me. That was the best we could come up with?)

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1 The Greek creation myth for the Milky Way had Hercules tricking Hera into offering him her breast, and her spilled milk formed it. That's probably the reason for the name.

Posted by: muon at September 16, 2011 04:38 AM (JXm2R)

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