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July 28, 1996
Huck Finn's New Sky View
Credit : R. Williams, The HDF Team (STScI), NASA,
"We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened."
Explanation: Even the faintest stars Huck and Jim could see as their raft drifted down the Mississippi were in our own Galaxy. The faintest objects astronomers can see today are the distant galaxies -- entire systems of stars comparable to our own Milky Way, which fill the Universe. Despite the advances, the sense of wonder so simply expressed in Huck's musing is still the same.
Authors & editors:
NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply.
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&: Michigan Tech. U.