The photo has recalled a lot of memory.
Many years ago, I have seen this photo in a science magazine. The title of the article is "The Crashing Universe". NGC3314 is a member of Hydra I cluster. These two galaxies look like colliding, but they are far apart and lining-up back and fore according to our position. Nevertheless, it is gorgeous.
Because of the reminiscence of my passion to the universe in my childhood, I clicked on an ad introducing a blog of images of universe and saw this photos again. Being an astronomer was my first dream. Before the graduation from elementary school, I kept reading books about this tropic painfully. Books about astronomy can be very difficult to understand, it was painful to read them. The last book of this field which I read before the end of Grade 6 is titled "Black Hole". Including over one hundred pages, termless appearance of new terms, concept of the Relativity theory. It took me a long time to reach the final chapter, but I still terminated the reading exercise when there were only a few more pages to go.
Three days ago, I gladly received an email from my dear buddy in Los Angeles. He sent me an image of a telescope of his own design and craftsmenship. It can be collapsed to a compact form to put in a small car for travelling. Brilliant. I'm so pround of him. He wants to take it to competition too. I tried to make one when I was in high school, but I didn't complete it. However my home in Hong Kong is too small, I had to trash it even if I finished it.
I also dicovered a photo of real collision between galaxies today. They are NGC2207 and IC2163 of Canis Major. Magnificent. This one was also taken with the Hubble.