A Butterfly Cosmic Map

A stunning image taken by the European Space Agency (ESA) GAIA Space probe. This image shows a massive star cluster of 1.7 billion stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy backyard.

Added my own butterfly images to fill in some of the void between the cluster images because it ‘kind of’ looks like fluttering butterflies in the Milky Way to me.

GAIA is an ESA space observatory launched in 2013 and expected to operate until c. 2022. The spacecraft is designed for astrometry: measuring the positions, distances and motions of stars with unprecedented precision.

The mission aims to construct by far the largest and most precise 3D space catalog ever made, totalling approximately 1 billion astronomical objects, mainly stars, but also planets, comets, asteroids and quasars among others.



There are not many things

In the Universe

you can be sure of.

Except maybe

Rain comes from the clouds,

Suns light up the skies,

And Cosmic Butterflies do fly!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. judybarbera says:

    That’s very good. Does it have a name?

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  2. Amy Barbera says:

    Dad I LOVE It!! It reminds me of my song “Make Me A Butterfly” 🙂

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    1. It does somewhat resemble a butterfly!

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  3. judybarbera says:

    Oh, you added some lyrics from the song, “Everything Must Change!”

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    1. Added additional information also!

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  4. My totem animal (okay, its really an insect), is a butterfly. ❤️🦋🌀

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    1. Great! The song lyrics at the end are a play on the words from “Everything Must Change!”

      A great song to listen too. In that song it is hummingbirds but most hear butterflies!?

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    1. Halbarbera says:


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  5. Phebie says:

    Stunning. I like it!

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    1. Halbarbera says:

      Per Tesla, everything is energy, vibrations, frequencies and butterflies! Much appreciated…


  6. kitchenclue says:

    Molto bello!!!😍😍😍😍

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    1. Halbarbera says:



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