Thursday, September 14, 2006

Eyes on the horizon

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 9/14/2006
Sometimes life isn't always peaches and cream. Fluffy clouds and fairy lights. Sweet-smelling flowers and cool breezes. Sometimes you get, I don't know...impersonating the imperial family or find yourself working for the secretariat involved in this meeting. But one thing I have always learned is that you have to keep your eyes on the horizon and not get too bogged down in the details.

Sometimes keeping your eyes trained on the sky is inspirational. I've always been facinated with space and keep up with the most current news about all the new discoveries that are being made. Even when they completely mess up my education, like the new findings that Pluto is no longer a planet. There go all the mneumonic devices you used in school to remember the order of the planets (Mary's Violet Eyes Make John Stay Up Nights Period. I know there are some more, ahem, shall we say, graphic versions out there, but I went to Catholic school and this was as graphic as we got). Ah well, such is the nature of progress.

Last night before I went to bed, I watched a program on space on the National Geographic channel. The program was talking about travels to the very edges of the universe and how our universe, which includes 150 billion galaxies, including our own galaxy (the Milky Way, which is made up of all the known and unknown planets, including our very own solar system) may be only one of multiple universes. Trying to wrap your head around that idea is truly mindboggling: that space is infinite, ever-expanding, ever-present. (Although I do wonder were they got the number 150 billion galaxies. How can they calculate that? Huh.)

Of course, as with any space program, there was a discussion about travel to other universes. Which is funny if you think about it, considering that we can't even get ourselves out of our own solar system. But what was interesting was that the experts believe that this is impossible, since if you traveled to another of these multi-universes, you would cease to exist because your very existence is tied to our own (un)known universe. And even though these multi-universes may lay side-by-side, you wouldn't realize that they are there because you only exist in this universe. Wild, huh?

This just goes to show me that philosophy, science, math and spirituality are all talking about the same thing. They just take different paths to get there.

5 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

montchan said...

they calculated that number based on current distribution of know galaxies and statistics with a bit of probability thrown in, for good measure. The known (cataloged) space is divided and based on distribution of matter in space they can come up with all sorts of numbers.

And as for multiple universes, that theory is very close to being proven, based on energy and matter calculations.

hard to describe without getting all scientific, but it does make sense.

don't laugh at me, I'm a failed astrophysicist.

jean said...


kuri & ping said...

montchan, I echo jean...whoa. :)

The show was really interesting and they were describing some machine that was sent up to space a few years ago and is sending back information about radiation in space that proves the existence of dark matter and energy and shows that the universe is expanding, and that there may be multiple cool!

montchan said...

yeah... talking about anti-matter and its distribution in the universe did not get me very many dates in college.

kuri & ping said...

It didn't help you get dates in college? I don't understand why? :)


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