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Awesome photo of the Milky Way

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    If you are tired of politics and want to contemplate your existence in the universe, this is for you. Awesome.

    Vox, The awesome beauty of the Milky Way, in one enormous image

    We probably have all looked at the Milky Way on a moonless clear night without the contamination of city lights. Click on the link above and start scrolling down and down and down to see it as you have never seen it before, compliments of the European Southern Observatory .

    "The image marked the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (or ATLASGAL), which has been mapping the coldest regions of the universe for the past several years.

    "The survey uses a special telescope, APEX, which has a photosensor chilled to near absolute zero. The extreme cold allows the telescope to be sensitive to the slightest changes in temperature caused by incoming cosmic radiation."

    Maybe not a topic for this website, but I'll throw it into the category of deep cogitation of a question that I have asked since childhood as I would lie on my back in the grass and look up into the dark sky: "How far is up?"

    Not a question for the Sarah Palin types.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I have a cousin that doctored in astrophysics. She did her thesis on binary star eclipses. The old thought was a pulsating star . Subsequently it developed into two stars orbiting around each other . The pulse resulting from the darker eclipse and the brighter tangental to our perspective when their orbiting plane is parallel to our line of sight. It is mind boggling to imagine the forces and time to get two stars into equilibrium.'
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt and Chet, again it shows how huge the universe is compared to our tiny earth. I hope that the "evilgelicals" learn from it and realize that we (tiny molecules) can't dictate the universe to "bless" us or run our earthly human endeavors.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    What a beautiful image.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Beyond comprehension is the binary system HM Cancri. These two dwarfs are each fifty thousand miles in diameter, seventy five thousand miles apart and orbit each other at 1,100,000 miles an hour. Each orbit is about five minutes. The amount of force holding each one together and in such a tight orbit that when they merge you would think it would produce a remarkable event. The numbers are what I calculated from their description I interpreted in the paper I read.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    That's pretty awesome.

    I caught this on the web yesterday.

    space.com/36504-huge-peanut-shaped-aste...

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    But yeah, Trump will not approve this because it was published by the ESA (Europe); I guess the "evangelicals" don't like it, because it shows that they are also just microbes without brains in the universe.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Getting hit by an asteroid is just one of the possible catastrophic events that could largely eradicate mankind, much the same as the large meteor or comet that struck earth 66 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs. That one was estimated to be about 10 km in diameter, but much smaller meteors have also had an impact over the years. The Meteor Crater in Arizona measures 1,200 meters in diameter and 170 meters deep. It was caused by a meteor estimated at only 50 meters in diameter impacting the site 50,000 years ago.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Such a small unbelievably lucky chance we have to even exist and still somebody has to control somebody else.