Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Intergalactic Space Love

Over the last few weeks I have spent a large chunk of my time browsing images of the universe, reading different articles and watching countless Stephen Hawking’s Documentaries. It is rather obvious, that I have a slightly obsessive personality, getting sucked in by concepts and conspiracy theories that then go on to researching the crap out of them before slowly giving up and moving onto the next. Everything from Area 51 and the Loch Ness Monster to the Bermuda triangle and the Tutankhamen Mystery.

My friend AJ told me, whilst we were both very drunk may I add, about a theory known as ‘The Giant Impactor’ Theory, which basically describes how the moon was formed. It is thought that about 4.45 billion years ago, a young planet Earth - a mere 50 million years old at the time and not the solid object we know today - experienced the largest impact event of its history. Another planetary body with roughly the mass of Mars had formed nearby with an orbit that placed it on a collision course with Earth. When young Earth and this rogue body collided, the energy involved was 100 million times larger than the much later event believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs. The early giant collision destroyed the rogue body, likely vaporized the upper layers of Earth's mantle, and ejected large amounts of debris into Earth orbit. Our Moon formed from this debris. ( Info from HERE)
Hearing this absolutely blew my mind. This small but HUGE cataclysmic event occurred.. forming our moon and possibly leaving traces of organisms within the ocean (After all did we not all start in the water and evolve?) to go on and create us! All these events made us possible and I can absolutely not comprehend it.

The entirety of the universe is forever simmering in the back of my mind at this particular moment and I really wanted to share with you some of the most amazing photographs I have found on the World Wide Web.

For some not so light reading get into ‘A Brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking, or alternately go online (if you can find it) and watch ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking’ OR ‘Wonders of the Universe’ presented by Brian Cox. All are so insightful and will promise to blow your mind.

Preview of a Forthcoming Supernova
NASA's Hubble Telescope captured an image of Eta Carinae. This image consists of ultraviolet and visible light images from the High Resolution Channel of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The field of view is approximately 30 arcseconds across.

Hubble Views Grand Star-Forming Region
This massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.

Orion's Rainbow of Infrared Light
This new view of the Orion Nebula highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds. It shows infrared observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel mission, in which NASA plays an important role.

Sun's Solar Flare
A solar flare erupts on the Sun's northeastern hemisphere on January 22, 2012. Space weather officials say the strongest solar storm in more than six years is already bombarding Earth with radiation. The eruption is mostly an issue for astronauts' health and satellite disruptions

The Sombrero Galaxy
28 million light years from Earth – was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.

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