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Cha-cha-cha

   Tue, February 5, 2008 - 6:13 AM
Speaking of dancing--our galaxy is doing a kind of Lindy-hop. This began seventy thousand years ago.

www.space.com/scienceastr...-finger.html

The Magellanic Cloud has stuck a gaseous 'finger' into the Milky Way. Once again, the subject of time is a question of "Whose clock are we watching?" We peer out through our magic mirrors and see that creation is a work in progress. What was happening on this island Earth, seventy thousand years ago? The pictures from Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra show us forces that make nuclear weapons look like a flea with bad wind. Miles and millenia become meaningless. Yet there are those that persist in insisting that our tiny blue planet is the raison d'ĂȘtre and that some anal Santa is making a list of every human foible and waiting to punish us for being who we are. Go figure.

I love the photos from the various satellite web pages. I love living in a universe with no edges and no middle. And the best part is--everything on this planet that bleeds red got it from that celestial furnace. Iron is forged in the hearts of stars.



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