The Wheel is Turning...
Hey folks! I just posted this to the gen. pub., but it really, really reminded me of The Wheel (so much so that I have it stuck in my head now!), so I decided to re-post it over here. The image is from one of my very favorite sites: Astronomy Picture of the Day (linked below).
Images from space have always held a deep fascination for me, ever since my grandfather showed me pictures of things like the Horsehead Nebula and the rings of Saturn. If only he had lived long enough to see Hubble's images from the last two decades...
But I digress... When I finally got on the bus with the Dead, I found that thinking about those images, and indeed the nature of the Universe itself, went hand-in-hand with listening to their music. I remember when I had the "revelation" (ha ha!) that "Space" was the perfect name for what usually came after Drums. Yeah, really profound, huh? Well, it was to me at that moment! (C'mon, we've all been there at least a few
times, right? :D )
Well, this APOD of polar ring galaxy NGC 2685 is one of those rare astronomical images that not only makes me think of the Dead's music, but actually invokes memories of a specific song, The Wheel in this case. Many galaxies are kind of like wheels anyway, but this
one has the added beautiful feature of another ring of stars and gas that circles the galaxy's center perpendicular
to the plane of the primary disk. Take a look at the full-resolution version of the image... you can see rings of stars and dust rotating around the center like bicycle wheels. Remarkable!
And of course, I had to go to YouTube to find a Wheel to listen to while I wrote this, so here you go: http://youtu.be/30n7Rl19l_w
Enjoy! :D #GratefulDead #TheWheel #Astronomy #APOD