Calming view of a conjunction versus the chaos of the cosmos — and everyday life

The recent conjunction of the moon and Venus was a serene view. But the release of a new image of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy shows how wildly chaotic the universe is in places. Together, they remind us of the fragility of everyday life.

Joe Bauman, a former Deseret News science reporter, writes an astronomy blog at and is an avid amateur astronomer. His email is [email protected]