SENSE OF REALTY We think one day we’ll find another Earth encircling some other distant sun. It won’t be like the planet of our birth. not one can stand up to comparison. If lucky, we’ll find one that’s the right mass — not to crush us with its gravitation — with atmosphere made of breathable […]Read more "SENSE OF REALTY"
In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]Read more "TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS"
UNABLE TO PULL IT TOGETHER No particle known is unaffected by gravity’s inexorable force, but, perhaps it was not yet perfected at the Big Bang, which was everything’s source. The entire mass of the Universe lacked the density to form a black hole but instead expanded, which seems perverse, as though gravity failed to […]Read more "UNABLE TO PULL IT TOGETHER"
THE UNIVERSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH A team of international scientists used several of the world’s most powerful telescopes to perform the most comprehensive assessment of the energy output in the nearby universe, concluding that today’s produced energy is only about half of what it was two billion years-ago and prompting claims that the universe […]Read more "THE UNIVERSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH"
SECLUSION PRINCIPLE We live within a universe so vast we never will perceive its full extent. Because there are horizons that are past the span light can speed in the firmament, parts of the cosmos will be forever beyond possible communication. As fast as light, we’ll still reach them never, for they have greater acceleration. […]Read more "SECLUSION PRINCIPLE"
OUMUAMUA (1I/2017U1) Dagger of Death Oumuamua, dagger from space, is flung at its target end over end – too fast for any rocket to outpace. Earth, spun within the Sun’s disc, can’t defend against this object just recently spied (though it is the size of a football field) – a blade ten times as […]Read more "OUMUAMUA, DAGGER OF DEATH"
FLEEING FROM THE PAST Big- Bang, it’s dubbed, but the start of our universe is more like an un-popped bubble expanding forever faster and ever faster fleeing from the only edge time’s arrow insists upon and the only edge allowed.Read more "FLEEING FROM THE PAST"
DEEP FIELD Look long enough at night’s sky, and you will see that more stars slowly come into view. The longer the exposure, the more light you perceive, until you no longer see a dark sky but a bright field that fills your entire vision. Stars beyond stars fill every “empty patch” of sky, […]Read more "Deep Field"