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It’s A Wonderful Universe



The first time I saw the Hubble photo of all those galaxies, I was completely blown away. Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope many years back this picture represents only a fraction of the galaxies in the universe. If you were to look through a soda straw pointed towards the sky at night and could see to infinity and beyond this is a fraction of what you would see. It is more probable that you would see pure light because the Hubble has its limits and there exists a flaw with the Hubble's reflecting mirror. Actually most of the pictures captured are rather blurry and unusable but once in a while it creates stunning perfect images.

At one time scientists believed that there were about 100 to 150 billion galaxies in our universe. The latest estimation reveals, with the help of a computer, that there are over 500 billion galaxies in our universe. That's about as many galaxies as there are stars in the heavens. So if you could visually perceive light to infinity the picture would look more like a bright light with lots of different shades or colors.

The universe is a vast and beautiful mystery that evades most of our understanding but the good news is we really don't have to understand it. The universe is set up in such a way that we could live out our entire lives with the understanding of only a few basic things around us and still lead a productive, healthy life. In fact most people's "knowledge gathering" occurs within the distance from the couch to an LCD screen or within the social circles they roam.

On the other hand, the Internet has brought us the information age and along with it comes a younger generation whose knowledge base is expanding rapidly. The acquisition of knowledge has become convenient and easy. Maybe much faster than our ability to acquire wisdom which only makes matters worse.

So the bottom line might be that we are capable of making changes that are positive for our environment, personal growth, relationships etc. but we don't have to. One idea conveys the message "we don't need to change" and the other states " we should change" and both are correct if the outcome is understood to possibly be different. One outcome possibly being better and the other it doesn't matter. It's all about a persons view point. Your life might be headed for the waste basket or, on the other hand, you're destined for great things. It's how you see it, it really is.

The pop psychology statement I like the most is "change the way you look at things and the things you look at change".The earth is rotating at 1000 mph. The earth rotates around the sun at 67,000 mph or 18.4 miles a second. The solar system travels around the center of the galaxy at 155 miles a second. The galaxy moves 185 miles per second within the local group of galaxies. These measurements take into account the theory of relativity. Some scientists go further and state everything is expanding or moving outward just beyond the speed of light. They make this conclusion based on the speed that other galaxies are moving away from us. Go out and look up at the sun but don't stare at it for long because it's a nuclear explosion that occurred possibly 4.6 billion years ago and is still burning on the gas it creates called helium. Much like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March of 2011, the sun is a massive uncontrolled fusion reaction and it's just above us or so it seems.

So are you moving or are you sitting still? The answer depends on how you choose to look at things.


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