The most beautiful thing on Earth might fight a tough fight, but it will eventually get trumped by the most beautiful things our universe has to offer. NASA recently released an image of the comet ISON, and in true space-photo fashion, it would look spectacular on my wall, maybe done up so that it looks super groovy under a black light. Somebody turn on some Iron Butterfly.
Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 30, the image is the result of filtering and a change in focus. While astronomers use Hubble to track ISON, this doesn’t allow for the smaller specks of starlight in the background to show up at all. So while it’s cool to have a photo of just ISON doing its thing, it’s so much more fantastic to see it set against the magnificence of space. It almost has to fight for our attention.