Sunday, April 26, 2015

25 Years of Hubble and I Still Find it Fascinating

We got our money's worth.

Here are some images they chose to display for the anniversary on the anniversary website.

Here is a fantastic photo of a pin prick of dark space called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.  Every lighted object within is a galaxy of which there are thousands. Be sure to read the description at the bottom of the page below the video.

Here is a video showing where in space the image was taken.  A pin prick of space and thousands of galaxies.  And people on Earth believe they understand it all.


20 comments :

  1. Awesome, simply awesome.
    And it all came from nothing - or a singularity, or another universe ... whatever.
    Man cannot comprehend the power of an omnipotent God nor the extent of His creation.

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    1. Sig, Looking at the deep field and not knowing about anything else, could you even imagine something so indescribably small as a planet near one of the stars in one of those thousands of galaxies, then could you imagine a being living on that planet building homes or computers or anything else.. Carl Sagan believed the scale of size extends to infinity in both directions of large and small. I tend to agree.

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  2. Sig, I'm right there with you.

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  3. This is the kind of stuff that makes my geeky heart go pitter-patter. Fascinating is an understatement.

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    1. Cube, I think the big picture helps the mind and spirit in times like these too. Thanks for stopping by. I don't know why it took me so long to visit you. You always have good stuff. You're on the list now !

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  4. I will never have a geeky heart....but I sure do get a concept of what BIG really MEANS :-)

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    1. Z, the universe is a big place. Maybe the biggest !

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    2. On the other hand –– as I've tried to indicate before –– what "we" tend to think of as The Universe" MAY be nothing larger or more significant than ONE SMALL DROP of WATER situated on the edge a "Cosmic Sink" so infinitely huge we cannot even TRY to imagine it. OR our Universe may only be be ONE GRAIN of SAND on a Great Cosmic Beach or a DUST MOTE floating in a shaft of Cosmic Light.

      What "we" poor mortals perceive with our five physical senses and even our most brilliant, ingenious and sophisticated devices such as the Hubbel is a painfully small, narrow, constricted view of Cosmic Reality we really oughtto give up the crazy notion the "we" were made to have "dominion" over our surroundings.

      What "we" need –– all of us –– is good, hard dose of HUMILITY in the face of all that remains Unknown, and possibly Unknowable.

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    3. Every time I feel down, I ponder those very comments and, strangely, it cheers me up. My troubles always feel small in the sight of the sublime.

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    4. FT, yes, we need more humility and humaneness.

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  5. Saints, Poets, Mystics, Artists and Composers of deeply serious Music have a greater idea of the vast wonder, glory and infinitude of the Cosmos than most of the Scientists, Engineers and even the Theologians, most of whom flee from the mysticism that gave birth to the hope and need for God, and adhere, instead, –– just as the Pharisees did before them –– to legalistic, doctrinaire, dogmatic, self-serving, self-protective modes of thought and tedious rituals that effectively murder awareness of the Spirit of the Risen Lord over and over again.

    Someday, somehow, somewhere ALL honest (non-agenda-driven) fields of endeavor must meet on common ground, for each is searching for and striving toward TRUTH, albeit from different angles and different directions.

    " ... NOW we see through a glass darkly, but THEN we shall see fface-to-face ...THEN shall I know, even as also I AM known."

    I never contemplate those words without feeling a shiver go up and down my spine.

    Thanks, Kid, for helping us keep in touch with a sense of Wonder and an Awareness that in The Great Scheme of Things, "we" aint all that much, though we do have a role to play –– even if it's only to d our best to be the best we can be according to our lights..

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  6. Thank You FT. Gotta have the big picture imo.

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    1. Just being aware that a Big Picture exists is pretty advanced –– for a human being, Kid.;-)

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    2. FT, Sadly, that is true.

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    3. Relentless agitation promoting rigid, uncompromising, authoritarian secularism and purely literal interpretations of most literature and other written documents have so influenced pop culture and modern educational "methods" that virtually all references to –– or even hints at –– a world beyond the ream of the five physical senses have been obliterated from pubic consciousness.

      Young people for a long time now have been actively discouraged from looking at life with real curiosity –– or any sense of mystery, awe, and wonder. They have been discouraged from using their capacity for imagination and intuition, which means they have been virtually prohibited from trying to look beneath the surface or see beyond the obvious.

      This cripples their intellectual development, stifles their creativity and does a great deal toward turning them into easily manipulated automata -- Robots in Service to The Greater Good, if you prefer.

      What you're doing here is helpful in producing an antidote to the prevalent ethos which I believe is being forced on us by The Oligarchs.

      Do you know what I have in mind when I use the term "Oligarchs?"

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    4. Oligarchs brings to mind rulers, and many people today want a ruler. They can't seem to understand or accept the responsibilities that come with freedom.

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    5. Very few have any idea what freedom is, and even less knowledge of how to handle it intelligently. This is because of the generally rotten educational system we have had in place for the better part of 50 years, and because so many parents, thanks to two or three generations of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll, are emotionally immature hedonists not prepared to accept the responsibilities of parenthood.

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  7. all I can say is - Thank You- for helping me keep a perspective --
    C-CS

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