the known universe

Watch this: it just might be the most meditative 6 and a half minutes you’ll spend all day – the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

How do you feel, after watching that?

It’s comforting to know that we’re all just specks in a field of gigantic-ness. And surely, there are as many other planets like ours as we might conjure up. It’s delicious, to imagine that everything that we think is so big, is maybe….not so big at all.

What IS real? What matters, anyway?

Maybe…… love is all there is. Because at the end of the day, what do we really know?

Not much else.

~ by kbosin on February 17, 2013.

3 Responses to “the known universe”

  1. This video certainly expands one’s perspective when the petty problems of daily life seem overwhelming. I’m reminded of the photos taken of earth, our “little blue marble,” by the first moonwalkers, and how they changed the way we look at the earth and our role in its maintenance. Yes, we are just a piece of a speck on a piece of a speck on a particle of a nothing, but it’s the only speck we have. And that’s just from the perspective of the “known” universe. When you think about the other theoretical universes with their worm holes and string theories and such which astrophysicists like to discuss, it then gets a bit ridiculous. Considering the breadth of space and the constraints of time, the notion of settling down on some planet outside our solar system seems to me to be the most fanciful exercise of wishful thinking, outside of religion, there is.
    So maybe all we have is love and dreams, and inner space, which also can be infinite.

  2. How do I feel? … well, the most peaceful awe (that I would NOT think possible to imagine!) …

    What an incredible ride/journey!

    I don’t know where you find these, Kathy, but thank you!!! cj

  3. Our Cosmic Address
    “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists
    elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
    –Bill Watterson

    It’s Sunday afternoon, there is nothing of interest on TV, the weather is too nasty to walk about and I’m not weary enough to take a nap. I just received an e-mail with an interesting “signature,” which reminds me that I have not set up automatic signatures in my email program, different ones for letters to family, friends, businesses or strangers.

    Some signatures require a full location address, email address, and telephone number. Opening the signature template, I typed in our street number, street name, town, state and zip code. Then it occurred to me that our address system is out of touch with the real world, completely devoid of information to communicate with the other planets. Currently, many countries are spending huge amounts of money and time searching for Alien habitation:

    The NASA Kepler spacecraft’s, sole mission is to find Earth-size orbs in the “habitable zone” around stars — planets with the right conditions for liquid water and life to exist.

    The Hubble Space Telescope, focuses on and photographs objects in deep space, staring continuously at a field containing millions of stars.

    The French Corot, a spacecraft with a specialized telescope that uses a technique called astrometry, to detect planets outside of the solar system in deep space.

    Astronomers have come up with a new way of identifying close, faint stars with NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite to also hunt for planets that lie beyond our solar system.

    The Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, the largest radio telescope in the world, is observing 86 planetary systems that may contain Earth-like planets in hopes of detecting signals from intelligent civilizations.

    Recent discoveries from these sources indicate that the prized quarry of exoplanet hunters – an alien Earth – could be just over the horizon. In fact, such a planet may well pop up in the next round of announcements which should be released in early 2102 The count of now stands at 2,326 candidates and thousands more are waiting in the stellar dust.

    Well! What are we waiting for? How are we going to communicate with someone on an Exoplanet if we do not know our Space Address. To avoid embarrassment and mental discomfort, here is your Domus Terra

    Street Address
    Easton, Maryland 21601
    Middle Atlantic Region, The East Coast
    United States of America
    North American Continent, Northern Hemisphere
    Planet Earth, The Solar System
    Orion-Cygnus Arm, Milky Way Galaxy
    Local Group, The Universe
    The Cosmos

    That’s the most comprehensive address I can determine, given my limited knowledge of Astrophysics. Hopefully, the US Postal Service (if it survives) will hire experts from NASA to verify these locations.

    In the mean time, perhaps we should learn to use the 5 Music Tones d e c C and the Curwen Hand Signs used to communicate with ExoPlanetarians just in case they show up again for another Close Encounter (of the 4th Kind).

    Stop the presses! Just as this post was being published, astronomers announced that each of the 100 billion stars in our Milky Way probably has at least one companion planet, confirming that planets might be as common in the cosmos, as grains of sand on the beach. Our own solar system, considered unique not so long ago, turns out to be just one among billions.

    Is it possible that Richard Dreyfus, Sigourney Weaver, ET and Hal 9000, know something beyond our comprehension.
    Your Affable Curmudgeon
    PS: astrophysics was invented to give astrology a legitimate name

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