Pictures of the Cosmos

By David Luhrssen
Shepherd Express

kessler_picturingThey are beautiful, those images of the cosmos produced from photos taken from the orbiting Hubble Telescope. And those brightly colored pictures of spiraling galaxies against the expanse of infinity have permeated popular consciousness, replacing the old starry night backdrops of science-fiction movies and acting as a cosmic motif in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.

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