The image displayed and used as the background of several pages within ringnebula.com is of a massive cluster of galaxies denoted Abell 2218. Because of its mass and spatial density, it acts as a "cosmic lens," bending light from behind it and focusing a distorted image in the direction of the Earth and the Hubble Space Telescope's optics.

This galactic cluster resides in the constellation Draco. It is approximately 2 billion light-years from Earth, in a Universe estimated to be approximately 15 billion light years in radius.

Credits: NASA ,A. Fruchter and the ERO Team (STScI, ST-ECF):Andrew Fruchter (STScI), Sylvia Baggett (STScI), Richard Hook (ST-ECF), Zoltan Levay (STScI)

Pablo Picasso's Guernica, was created as a centerpiece for the Spanish Pavilion of the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.

On April 27th, 1937, a small village in northern Spain - Guernica - was turned to burning rubble. The Hitler war-machine attack, undertaken on Franco's behalf, had two purposes: 1) to destroy Basque resistance to Nationalist forces within that country, and 2) to demonstrate a new Nazi tactic: the demoralization of civilian populations via blanket-bombardment. Sixteen hundred civilians were killed or wounded in the three hour attack.

On February 6, 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered a speech before the UN Security Council in which "proof" was offered of the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and that those [fictitious] weapons justified war. Guernica hangs as a backdrop behind a podium where Security Council members traditionally speak before TV cameras. Because it was decided the violent antiwar images would conflict with talk of a new war, the painting was concealed by a large blue drape. "It's only temporary. We're only doing this until the (TV) cameras leave," said Abdellatif Kabbaj, the chief UN media officer.



The fully constructed background image displayed is primarily Guernica - cropped, colorized, and contrast enhanced. Note what appears to be a classic satanic image and a wailing woman holding a limp infant in her arms on the left side. This enhanced image is then superimposed on the Abell 2218 galactic cluster and set as a "fixed" background. The composite image is intended to display the agony created by a few distorted and ill minds, set within a universe of unspeakable grandeur.