Posts Tagged With: Astronomy

GRAVITY

 

“Because there is a law such as gravity,
the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

 

~ Stephen Hawking ~

 

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in Paris in May 2018.


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GENÈSE

 

We become aware of the void as we fill it.”

 

~ Antonio Porchia ~

 

Digitally enhanced image “The Universe’s Vulva” created from an original photo taken by W. Feger in January 2018.


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UNIVERSE

 

It has been said repeatedly that one can never,
try as he will, get around to the front of the universe.
Man is destined to see only its far side,
to realize nature only in retreat.”

 

~ Loren Eiseley ~

 

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in Paris in July 2015.


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VENUS RISING

 

“I will imagine you Venus tonight
and pray, pray, pray to your star like a Heathen.”

 

~ John Keats ~

 

Original photo of Venus rising taken in Orléans, France in April 2017.


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GELIDITY

 

“Absolute zero on the Kelvin scale is
minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 273.15 degrees Celsius).
Outer space is roughly 2.7 Kelvin
(-454.81 degrees Fahrenheit, -270.45 degrees Celsius).
That is the temperature of reality, of the universe you live in.”

 

 

000-gelidityDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in November 2010.


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ASTRONOMY ONE O ONE

 

“I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
 
~ Galileo Galilei~

 

000-astronomy-one-o-one-aDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo of an eclipse of the moon taken in March 2007 and merged with a stock image of the Milky Way.


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MARS

 

“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.”

 

~ Buzz Aldrin ~

 

000-marsMacro-photograph of a small fragment of a meteorite, composed of Martian material ejected into space billions of years ago when Mars was struck by an asteroid, taken in October 2016. From the author’s personal collection.


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MOON

 

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”

 

~ Allen Ginsberg ~

 

 

000-moonMacro-photograph of a small fragment of a meteorite, composed of lunar material ejected into space billions of years ago when the moon was struck by an asteroid, taken in October 2016. From the author’s personal collection.


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A SIMPLE TRUTH

 

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong.
What we have called matter is energy,
whose vibration has been so lowered
as to be perceptible to the senses.
There is no matter.”

 

~ Albert Einstein ~

 

000 a simple truthDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo of a recycled flower bed taken on the Canary Island of La Palma in May 1994.


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THE DISEASE

 

“The contemplation of celestial things will make a man
both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently
when he descends to human affairs.”

 

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero ~

 

000 the diseaseDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in Crete in October 1992.


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PLEIADES

 
 
Δέδυκε μὲν ἀ σελάννα
καὶ Πληΐαδες, μέσαι δέ
νύκτες, πάρα δ’ ἔρχετ’ ὤρα,
ἔγω δὲ μόνα κατεύδω.

 

The moon has set,
And the Pleiades.
In the mid of night,
Each hour comes and goes,
And I lie alone.

 

~ Sappho ~

 
 

000 pleiadesDigitally enhanced image of Elihu Vedder’s (1836-1923) painting The Pleiades (1885). Original photo source: Wikipedia.


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VIEW FROM A DISTANT STAR

 
…assume, just for a moment, that an alien from a distant star
must submit an evaluation of the primary life form existing on
a rather small unimportant blue planet…

 

  000 view from a distant star

    Original photo taken in April 2007. Digitally enhanced in January 2016.


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WASTED OPPORTUNITY

 

…people choose to live in darkness, praying for a candle, when all they really have to do is open their eyes…

 

 

000 wasted opportunityPhoto of a skull from a burial dated to the late Roman period.


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VORTEX

 

 

…there is a pattern so obvious few really see it…

 

 

 

000 vortexPhoto of a fossilized mollusk from the author’s collection taken in October 2015.

More on this subject can be found here:

https://youtu.be/0jHsq36_NTU

https://youtu.be/mvgaxQGPg7I


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DEEP FIELD

 

THE PHOTO THAT SHOULD DEFINE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE

 

Those who follow this blog may be aware that about 98% of the photos I post here are my own work. There have been a few times where I have used a generic web image or another photographer’s image citing the original sources. Today is another one of them for I wish to share a photo from the fine folks at NASA, one which some of you most likely have already seen, but perhaps not have been able to truly and fully appreciate its significance. It is the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image of a starless area in our sky.

 

000 Extreme Deep FieldWith the exception of one or two stars, every thing else in this photo is a distant galaxy.
Image credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team.


 

And now for a bit of background. Published in 2012, the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field is not a new set of observations, but rather a combination of many existing exposures (over 2000 of them) into one image. Combining the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the Infrared Hubble Ultra Deep Field and many other images of the same small spot of sky taken over almost 10 years, the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field pushes the limit of what we can see in the visible Universe even further. It is made up of a total of 22 days of exposure time and 50 days of observing time. The photo was assembled by combining the NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full Moon.

To obtain the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field photo the telescope was pointed at a patch of sky that, as seen from Earth, had nothing in it. No bright stars, no nebulae, no gas clouds, no known galaxies and no galaxy clusters. Nothing but empty space. But was it really empty? What the astronomers found in their first image of this small region of space, where before absolutely no known galaxies were seen, were around three thousand new galaxies. With the exception of about five or six points in which diffraction spikes could be seen, those picturesque gleaming points of light which identify the objects as stars within our own Milky Way, every single point of light in the image they obtained was a galaxy.

In 2012, an even deeper version was created, using a more advanced set of cameras and optics and that version is what is known as the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image that you see here. This image, consisting of a region of space barely a thousandth of a square degree of the sky, which is so small that it would take thirty-two-million of them to fill the entire sky, contains an unbelievable 5,500 galaxies, the most distant of which have had their light traveling towards us for some 13 billion years, or for a time equivalent to more than 90% the present age of the Universe. That is one hell of a long road trip.

When this figure is extrapolated over the entire sky, it is conceivable that there are some 170 billion galaxies in the observable Universe, and that is just a low estimate. When one considers that there is an astonishing amount of Universe out there that Hubble is not yet able to observe, and that it can only see the brightest of those most distant galaxies, the estimate may be closer to 10^12, or a trillion galaxies within our visible Universe. A trillion. Think about that for a minute. Or for the rest of your life. A trillion galaxies.

And when one considers that there are hundreds of billions of stars within our own galaxy, that means that number of stars in the Universe could possibly be around 10^23 (10,000,000,000,000,000,000, that is 100 sextillion). That is an unbelievably large amount of stars. And then, take into account that each and every one of those stars has its own unique story, its own development and history, perhaps its own planetary systems, and the ever minuscule and remote chance that on some of those planets life has evolved. Now that is really putting things in perspective.

So, what you are really looking at is a very historical photo, a photo that, all things considered, should define your life as much as it defines your place in this vast amazing Universe. Perhaps if everyone had a copy of this photo hanging in their living room, to remind them of what life really is about and where it is actually taking place, we would make progress in putting aside our petty beliefs, our useless conflicts and incessant preoccupation with all that is truly unimportant in life, and recognize the true meaning of our all too short sojourn here in a sea of trillions of stars and galaxies. Perhaps, for once, we would really open our eyes and see…


Thanks to NASA and to Ethan Siegel, a NASA columnist and professor at Lewis & Clark College for the technical information.


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INSIGNIFICANCE 101

 

THE ANDROMEDA GALAXY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE

 

I have been a lifelong devotee of astronomical research and, of course, space exploration. The fantasies of my childhood have become the realities of my adult life. And the wonders never cease. On January 5, NASA released an image of our closest large galactic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. The complete image contains a staggering 1.5 billion pixels. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured the full image, which is made up of 411 Hubble images, and contains over a 100 million stars and spans more than 40,000 light years. The entire image is too large to display; it would take over 600 HD television screens to display it. So, I have to settle for reproducing a reduced presentation here. The first photo below is a cropped image of part of the galaxy. The second photo is a zoom close up of just a very small portion of the first image. Each little dot is a star. I have included a link below that allows you to zoom in on the first image with an incredible clarity. I highly recommend it. And we here on Earth have the gumption to think that we are something special in the universe. God’s chosen people my ass…

Sharpest ever view of the Andromeda GalaxyA cropped section of the NASA Hubble/ESA telescope’s image of the Andromeda Galaxy. Photo courtesy of NASA.


Andromeda ZoomThis screen shot is a zoom close up of just a very small section of the photo above. Each little dot is a star.


If you really want to zoom in on the image in high quality I recommend clicking the link below:

http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1502a/zoomable/


A video on YouTube also is an interesting viewing experience:

http://youtu.be/udAL48P5NJU


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