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Hubble just took a brand new photo that will make you feel completely insignificant

We all might be anxiously awaiting the eventual launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — which has been stuck in an endless series of delays thanks to the idiots at Northrop Grumman — but the trusty Hubble is still delivering some pretty fantastic views of the heavens. The telescope’s latest snapshot is a real doozy, and it’s going to make you feel like you barely even exist.

The image you see above is packed with tiny details, but the size of the objects creating those tiny blips of light are anything but small. What you’re seeing is thousands of galaxies, many of which are giving birth to brand new stars.

NASA explains the photograph (high res version here) thusly:

Astronomers using the ultraviolet vision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have captured one of the largest panoramic views of the fire and fury of star birth in the distant universe. The field features approximately 15,000 galaxies, about 12,000 of which are forming stars. Hubble’s ultraviolet vision opens a new window on the evolving universe, tracking the birth of stars over the last 11 billion years back to the cosmos’ busiest star-forming period, which happened about 3 billion years after the big bang.

15,000 galaxies. That’s incredible.

To give you a sense of scale here, consider that our Solar System and all the planets, moons, and random loose debris within it, is held in place by a single star. Astronomers estimate that the Milky Way, our home galaxy, contains as many as 400 billion stars. Multiply that by 15,000 and you have a ballpark idea of how many stars and potential planets and moons we’re seeing here — give or take a few trillion stars because not all galaxies are created equal.

What’s going on out there? Is it just a mass of endless, dead worlds sitting in either frigid cold, extreme heat, or somewhere in between? Is there life out there? Is it intelligent, and if so, does it want to meet us? These are questions that have plagued humanity for a long time, but it’s images like this one from Hubble that really make you wonder.

Would you pay the premium for a 512GB iPhone? [Poll]

We heard news this week that Apple could bring three storage tiers to the 5.8- and 6.5-inch iPhones this year, with the top end offering 512GB. While we’ve heard that the base price of the OLED models could drop this year, the addition of an iPho…

The Echo Dot, 4K Fire TV, and Amazon’s hottest new device were all just discounted

Surprise! Amazon is running a big sale on a bunch of its best devices for a limited time, and we’re highlighting the cream of the crop right here in this post. First up, we’ve got a nice 20% discount on a device that needs no introduction, the Echo Dot that puts the power of Alexa in any room of your home. Next up, Amazon slashed $30 off the price of the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote, which drops it all the way down to $39.99. That’s an all-time low — in fact, it’s the same price as the entry-level Fire TV Stick! Last but not least, we’ve got a nice $30 discount on Amazon’s hottest new device, the Fire TV Cube. It’s basically a 4K Fire TV and an Echo Dot rolled into one, and it has never been cheaper.

Echo Dot

  • Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, answer questions, set timers and alarms, and more
  • Play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM
  • Call or message family and friends hands-free, or drop in from the Alexa App to your Echo device
  • Controls lights, locks, thermostats, and more with compatible connected devices
  • Use the built-in speaker, or for bigger sound, connect to speakers through Bluetooth or audio cable
  • 30,000+ skills, including Jeopardy!, Lyft, Audible, and Domino’s. Always getting smarter and adding new features
  • Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote

  • Experience true-to-life picture quality in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
  • 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick—an ultra-fast quad-core processor delivers an even smoother, more responsive experience.
  • Now supports Dolby Atmos audio—feel scenes come to life in three dimensions.
  • Access 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from popular channels and apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.
  • Do more with Alexa—find and control content, play music, check movie showtimes, order a pizza, and more. Just press and ask using your Alexa Voice Remote or pair an Echo device for hands-free control.
  • Navigate millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

Fire TV Cube

  • Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa, delivering an all-in-one entertainment experience. From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, dim the lights, and play what you want to watch.
  • With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction. Enjoy hands-free voice control of content—search, play, pause, fast forward, and more. Plus control the power and volume on your TV, sound bar, and A/V receiver as well as change live cable or satellite channels with just your voice.
  • Do more with Alexa. Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker that lets you check the weather, listen to the news, control compatible smart home devices, and more—even with the TV off. Fire TV Cube is always getting smarter with new Alexa skills and voice functionality.
  • Experience true-to-life picture quality and sound with access to vivid 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps, HDR, and the audio clarity of Dolby Atmos.
  • Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills. Get over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.
  • Access YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and more websites with Silk and Firefox browsers.
  • An Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes including “Thursday Night Football” and Prime Originals like “The Big Sick” and “Sneaky Pete”.
  • Enjoy unlimited access to tens of millions of songs with Amazon Music, starting at just $3.99/month.