"Journey to the edge of the universe" from National Geographic Channel got some incredible animation's.
Its a 2 hour show. First hour or so starts the journey on earth, moveing to the planets, sun and some of the moons. Second part of the show leave the
solar system and venture into deepspace, passing beauties and abomination's of the universe.
Part 1/12 Earth, moon, Venus, Mercury.
Part 2/12 The Sun, Icecomet, Mars.
Part 3/12 Mars, Astroid belt, meteorites
Part 4/12 Jupitor, the moon Iio,
Part 5/12 The moon Europa, Saturn, the moon Titan
Part 6/12 Uranus, Neptune, Triton, Pluto, Sedna, leaving the solar system.
Part 7/12 Interstellar space, Alpha Centuri, epsilon, babystars, earthlike planet, other stars close to earth.
Part 8/12 Beatlegeause, starfactory's, exploded star, white dwarf's.
Part 9/12 Crabnebula (stellar graveyard), Pulsar's, Black hole's.
Part 10/12 Another starfactory, Milky Way, Death of a giant star, Hypernova, Zoom to eath (good perspective),
Part 11/12 Intergalactic space, Dark matter, Supernova, Andromeda Galaxy, Galaxycollision, passing other galaxy's. Quazar,
Part 12/12 Quazar, Supermassive black holes, young galaxy's, "the boarder", the singularity.
After leaving our universe You may be able to continue in the multiverse discussed here
edit on 16-8-2011 by Mimir because: (no reason given)
Good that VY Canis Majoris is really far (4,900 ly), it will probably go hypernova in less than 100 000 years. When it goes off, strong gamma-ray
bursts will doom many planets nearby. Scientist never knew that stars of this size exist, and this could be largest star we ever find. If it would be
in our Sun's place, its radius would reach to orbit of Saturn, and it would take 7x10^15 Earth's to fill this star
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Thebel because: (no reason given)
S+F for this. it is truly staggering the scale of the universe. but what makes it more staggering is that is just what we can see. there could be
billions more galaxies out there too far out to be seen.
I believe we are just scratching the surface. Many cosmologists believe we are just one of many universes (multiverses). The way I wrap my head around
it (and still remain sane) is to imagine "universes" as grapes on a vine:
It does not make me feel insignificant, because I'm part of it "all".
A hundred years ago, astronomers were firmly convinced our Milky Way Galaxy was all there was, and those funny smudges they saw were just gas clouds
or nebulae in our own Milky Way Galaxy. Hubble and others showed that those nebulae were in fact separate and distinct galaxies. It was a paradigm
shift, get used to it.
edit on 16-8-2011 by Nicolas Flamel because: (no reason given)
And yet with all that vastness there are some who think we are the only living things. How rideculous. Planets happen over and over again. Stars and
galaxies happen over and over again. But life... only happened once...It's almost harder to believe that then to believe in aliens.
interesting estimate, but I think there are a lot more bits being streamed and processed in one day, that that estimate for capacity, but I may be
wrong. I think I read 12billion bits per second somewhere, but not positive.
That estimate you gave is for "A" potential storage, but remember, you can take stored data, and dump it, rewrite, and keep it cycling so there is
no limit until the brain dies in my opinion. I can't explain it well with words, but if I could animate it, I could show you visually and better
I used to look up into space laying in sandy washes in arizona at night, and remember being amazed at how many suns there were in the sky. The
universe is amazingly big, my original point is perspective, we know how big you can go roughly, but how small can you go? With math, you can go as
far with small (fractions) as you can go as big (wholes), so that's why I made the comparison of the Universe to The Mind.
That is only the visible spectrum of the Universe we are able to detect. Not only that, but this is only the Universe that exists in the extremely
narrow time slot of immediately after the existence of pure "the present" as the stream of time transitions into eternal "all-the-past". Infinite
pure space is the infinitesimal duration of "the present" which in turn (because it only exists for an infinitesimal duration) implodes into
returning to the default state of absolute kinetic (time) as all the past. The instances of "the present" happening as a string of instances
(probably) at Planck frequency.
I saw Uranus last night thanx to Jupiter as a reference. It was with a telescope and it was so extremely tiny, but still i could see the blu color. So
distant but still local compared to the Milkyway. I love it
Go outside and look up in the sky tonight. That dense band of stars is the side view of the Milkyway. They figured out where we are based on
observations and they can make CG pictures depicting where we are. Yes, we have better capabilitys for spaceflight than the general public would
belive but they are not flying outside our galaxy to take vanity shots of Earth.
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