Monday, September 17, 2007

Speeding Through the Universe

In the grand scheme of things in the universe, our presence on planet earth is but a wink in time. Trying to comprehend the vastness and complexity of what is beyond our little island in space is enough to cause a migraine. Trying to comprehend the speeds at which we travel is enough to cause permanent brain damage.

Earth rotates at 1000 miles per hour at the equator while it speeds around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. At the same time, it is moving, with our solar system, around the center of the Milky Way galaxy at one half a million miles per hour as the galaxy hurtles through space.

If it weren't for the size of our planet and its galaxy and the power of gravity, we'd all be blown into dust and flung into space. Personally, in spite of size and gravity, I am in awe of the fact that, given the numbers, we aren't at least suffering from windburn!

I found the above fractal on the Internet and want to thank whoever created it, it is awesome.


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Spaceship Earth.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

That picture is wonderful. Love the colors. Fractals are so neat and remind me of posters during the 60s. It is almost impossible to imagine our tiny place in the universe but we are all hurtling forward together. Very reassuring.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

When we camp we try to get a good view of the sky, so we can see the Milky Way. It sure does raise questions and provoke contemplation. I've often thought that fractals are like the DNA of God. If you ever have a chance to watch one evolve and transform on video, it is mesmerizing. This fractal image is just gorgeous.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Mama P said...

You are so on, as usual. Must be the bat chair.

2:34 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Hi Pam,

That is such a cool picture. Our world is minute in comparison to the rest of the universe. I just had a peek at your slide show. Lovely!

6:09 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

Pam--thanks for finding the fractal and sharing your observations.
The Psalmist wrote--what is man that God takes note of him. Indeed!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Beautiful piece and amazing factoids Batman. I'm almost there...grin. :) XXOO


12:18 PM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

Those are very interesting facts. I seriously had no idea. :)



8:35 PM  
Blogger Alban, Teacher of God said...

What strikes me always is the sheer size of the universe, and the numbers of galaxies and stars contained in one. But that is the same as we know time and space are just different aspects of the same. The vaster the universe the faster you need to go to get to a distant place. The speed of light won't take you anywhere. It is simply to slow to get to even the neighbour galaxy in a life time. It would take 60.000 years.

I learn to say this isn't life. Whatever it is, it can't be life.

12:44 AM  
Blogger pepektheassassin said...

Yeah, when you contemplate the millions and millions of planets, and the billions and billions of stars, doesn't it make you feel small and insignificant?

Me neither.

(On a card my husband sent me years and years ago, before we were married....) Love the fractal!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I'd missed this post, Pam. "Windburn!" You crack me up.

It is all a wonderful mystery, isn't it? I'm glad you renewed my wonder with this post.

5:48 PM  

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