Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Space Is Kicking My Ass

Nothing worse that a blog that goes nowhere. Three paragraphs in, and it's nothing but pure 100% crapola. So here are the Cliff notes:

A) Hurray for the twin Rovers on Mars!

B) From Mars, Earth looks small. I feel even smaller, but not as small as you.

C) Scientists today observed an explosion in space that occurred 13 billion years ago. However, the universe is only about 13.7 billion years old, which means that at the time of the explosion, the universe at the most, could have only been .7 billion light years across. So, how did We out- run the light from that explosion all this time, and why is it now catching up with us? And, if we are moving away from the relative position of the explosion at something just-less than the speed of light, are the images approaching us in something like slow motion? Like bullet-time in the Matrix?

D) Which leads me to question images of the Milky Way galaxy. Our own galaxy is 100,000 light years across, which means that any image we have of the far side of our galaxy has a lag time of 100,000 years. Which means, at best we only have a blurry lag-time estimate of the current state of our own neighborhood. Like reading the local newspaper from the 1850s.

E) Oh, did I mention the voracious black hole at the center of our own galaxy?

F) Our sun is going to explode in 5 billion years, give or take. That sort of saps the enthusiasm out of going to work in the morning... I mean you can write your name in titanium, dip it in molten lead, seal it in Tupperware and bury it under 10 miles of concrete. It's not going to matter one bit after Ol' Sparky-in-the-Sky goes boom.

G) Hurray for Voyager I and II, 28 years on the job, and still sending radio signals. Voyager I is the furthest man-made object from Earth, and is passing through the final edge of the solar system on its way to inter-stellar space. (Just in time to be gobbled up by aliens and shot back to Earth to mind-meld with Spock...)

That is all.

3 comments:

  1. That exploding star thingie was the Death Star going bye-bye. Remember, "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." That would seem to explain it, don't you think?

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  2. And the name of that black hole in which the universe circles? Paris Hilton, thank you very much.

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  3. As I consider your post more thoroughly, I think item "C" assumes a lot about whether the universe is ever expanding, the shape of the universe, relativity theory and the like.

    Besides, you and I both know that He created the universe without without worring about whether the laws of physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology and the like would tie together nicely.

    Personally, I think the universe is shaped like a donut....Mmmmmm, donut.

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Be compelling.

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