Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. As the Milky Way’s gravity gently tugs on its neighbour’s gas clouds, they collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a kaleidoscope of colours, visible in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: NASA, ESA. Acknowledgement: Josh Lake
Goodnight and great love to you. We see the same stars.
George Mallory, from a letter to his wife Ruth during the 1921 Everest Reconnaissance Expedition
Scientists may reject mystic revelations for which there is no evidence except somebody’s say-so, but they hardly believe their knowledge of Nature to be complete. Science is far from a perfect instrument of knowledge. It’s just the best we have.