Thursday, December 4, 2008

M13 seen from Hubble.

Wow! Another fine image from the Hubble scope. This time it's the center of M13 Globular cluster in Hercules. The image is of the central part of the cluster which is roughly 4.9 arcminutes (36 light-years or 11 parsecs) wide. For some more techie geek numbers a parsec is 3.261633 light years. This is just another unit to make some very large numbers easier to write.
As usual, a picture is worth many words, so just look at the photo to the right to make
sense of numbers.
We all know that Han Solo claims to have "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs" in the Millenium Falcon with his Wookie co-pilot. Remember, this is a distance, not a measure of time. So we know that Solo had to know some shortcut through the star systems to support his claim!

Anyway, click below to see the Hubble image.

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