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WX
01-06-2010, 06:25 AM
http://www.eso.org/public/archives/images/large/eso0932a.jpg

Captain Blight
01-06-2010, 06:37 AM
I take an odd comfort in knowing that here is a mystery whose depths we will never completely plumb.

PeterSibley
01-06-2010, 06:39 AM
completely ??:D:D

LeeG
01-06-2010, 07:10 AM
it's just one galaxy


btw, thanks for the diversion

http://www.eso.org/public/about-eso/index.html

The Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, is located on the 2600 m high mountain of Paranal, which also hosts the VLT Interferometer and two survey telescopes, the VST and VISTA. The third site is the 5000 m high Llano de Chajnantor, near San Pedro de Atacama. Here a submillimetre telescope (APEX) is in operation, and a revolutionary telescope – a giant array of 12 m submillimetre antennas (ALMA) – is being constructed in collaboration with North America, East Asia and Chile.

ESO is currently planning a 42-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.

Paul Pless
01-06-2010, 07:29 AM
greater than any god Pondering such leaves me with little doubt that creation is not the result of some random unplanned event.
I take an odd comfort in knowing that here is a mystery whose depths we will never completely plumb.me too

it's just one galaxyI might well be wong, but I believe that all the very tiny 'red dots' in that photo that look like dust on your monitor are also galaxies.

LeeG
01-06-2010, 07:55 AM
I was speaking of the main feature in the photo.


http://www.gigagalaxyzoom.org/B.html


http://www.gigagalaxyzoom.org/about.html

The first image by Brunier aims to present the sky as people have experienced it the world over, though in the far greater detail offered by top-notch stargazing conditions and with the view from both hemispheres. As such, the image provides a magnificent 800-million pixel panorama of the whole Milky Way.

Popeye
01-06-2010, 08:40 AM
oxymoron

LeeG
01-06-2010, 08:56 AM
lower case god

your model isn't being challenged

Popeye
01-06-2010, 09:14 AM
to infinity ..
and beyond !

isla
01-06-2010, 01:43 PM
Reminds me of the dumb blonde joke...'Come out on the porch darling, it's a beautiful night and you can see dozens of stars'.

Captain Blight
01-06-2010, 03:16 PM
Pondering such leaves me with little doubt that creation is not the result of some random unplanned event.Well, that 's the thing about evolutionary biology: It's unplanned, but there is a greater scheme at work. The algorithm is simple: Spam your immediate environment with copies of yourself. If your genes are superior, they survive. Random genetic drift takes up the slack.

As far as matter accreting into stars, planets, and moons; and solar systems accreting into galaxies, and so on and so on and so on, I would like to recommend a movie called Powers of 10? (http://www.powersof10.com/index.php?mod=register_film) It's free, and only requires an e-mail addy to register to watch. Outstanding film, giving a very good précis of what kinds of distances, and time, we are talking about here.

pefjr
01-06-2010, 03:23 PM
Reminds me of the dumb blonde joke...'Come out on the porch darling, it's a beautiful night and you can see dozens of stars'.Oh, what a night that was!!!

Captain Blight
01-06-2010, 03:30 PM
Nice clear night in Vegas last night, was it?

Bobby of Tulsa
01-06-2010, 03:38 PM
No such thing!!

Keith Wilson
01-06-2010, 03:39 PM
That's very cool!.

I like this one - the Hubble ultra-deep field. Thay pointed it at a more or less empty patch of sky about the size af a grain of sand at arm's length, and looked for a long time. Every dot is a galaxy. Puts things in perspective.

http://www.astro.uio.no/ita/nyheter/dark_energy_1208/56533main_MM_image_feature_142_jwfull.jpg

Captain Blight
01-06-2010, 03:42 PM
Wow. Just.... words fail me. Wow.


Our hubris is completely unwarranted; we are so small.

PeterSibley
01-06-2010, 04:52 PM
Amen brother .

WX
01-06-2010, 05:46 PM
it's just one galaxy

yes but it is ours.

WX
01-06-2010, 05:50 PM
Puts the Milky Way shot into perspective don't it?
http://www.astro.uio.no/ita/nyheter/dark_energy_1208/56533main_MM_image_feature_142_jwfull.jpg

PeterSibley
01-06-2010, 05:51 PM
yes but it is ours.
We have a FLAG !!:D

Tristan
01-06-2010, 06:04 PM
Num . . ., numa . . . , numin . . ., numinous!

Keith Wilson
01-06-2010, 06:10 PM
A flag? This one's OK for now:

http://chuckayoub.googlepages.com/800px-Earth_flag_PD.jpg

WX
01-06-2010, 06:12 PM
Nice flag :D

pefjr
01-06-2010, 06:43 PM
Wow. Just.... words fail me.


.What!!! I don't believe that.!!