Each light year is 9.5 trillion kilometres.
The Carina Nebula is 7500 light-years from earth. The length of the pictured cloud is 3 light-years.
Hubble's first images since servicing Mission 4. WFC3 visible image of the Carina Nebula. Composed of gas and dust, the pictured pillar resides in a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. Taken in visible light, the image shows the tip of the three-light-year-long pillar, bathed in the glow of light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image.
Photograph by: Handout, NASA
I am correspondingly silenced.
Still, what I am is what it is.
I learned the three virtues from my teacher
And watch the grass in the wind
To know Buddha nature.
When I brood all alone
In the desolate hermitage,
I realize I have lived many
Lives as a monk.
- Hueng Powoo (d.1565)
Today in Hope, Maine, two people married.
What they said the universe echoed: we are in this expanse called love and commit ourselves to it.
We had, back home, tapioca chocolate pudding while rooting for the visitors from space.