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the milky way atop a stirred coffee
ThunderIdeal posted a topic in Creativity, Spirituality & Philosophyi just want to share something i've been ruminating on for some time. i stir my instant coffee (white) and peer down at the little spiral galaxy i've made inside the mug, atop the swirling liquid. it's funny to note that the greeks called (what turned out to be) our galaxy "the milky way" because their explanation for it was spilled milk, since without telescopes they couldn't have known that it was a blur of distant stars. i peer down and plainly see how that insubstantial, almost 2-dimensional galaxy took its shape, as a thin slice spinning in a cylindrical vessel, atop a comparatively enormous mass of whirling liquid. well, i know that from the galaxy down, the vessel is full of whirling liquid which is much more massive than the foam top, but i can't actually see it for the foam, unless i have a clear mug. i could even make a distinction between the liquid and what is suspended in it. how else does this analogy fit the problem of unaccounted mass? does anybody find it helpful? does it offer any insights? better make a coffee and think about it.
The caretaker's an empty bliss beyond this world
trichpach posted a topic in Chill SpaceSubliminimity (hah) at it's finest. The whole album (in full quality, hit the settings icon and choose 1080p): It's very vintage / gritty / analog, almost gramaphone style music like I've never heard before, but yet tastes so familiar. You'll see what I mean. Getting me through the work day...
Voyager probe reaches the edge of the solar system
Xenodimensional posted a topic in News & NoticesIt would appear that Voyager has entered interstellar space and is now 18 billion kilometers from the sun. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-16/voyager-space-probe-reaches-edge-of-solar-system/4074468 The Voyager 1 space probe has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space. According to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the spacecraft is sending back data to Earth showing a sharp increase in charged particles that originate from beyond the solar system. "Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion - that humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system," NASA said in the statement.'