Sunday, September 10, 2006

Where No-Man Has Ever Gone Before.

"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech"
Merging Galaxies.

"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech"

Sometimes, the best way to understand how something works is to take it apart. The same is true for galaxies like NGC 300, which NASA'S Spitzers space telescope divided into various parts. NGC 300 is a face-on spiral galaxy located 7.5 million light years away in the southern
constellation sculptor.

In Star Trek, mankind has explored the Galaxy aboard warp driven starships with fans experiencing the thrill of space adventure in its faster than light spaceships but do we really know whats out in space? Do we know whats on its way to earth? How did life begin? How will it end? It has been theorized that the birth of our Universe came into existence fifteen billion years ago in what is referred today as "The Big Bang." The brain boxes speculate this happened in a single second, one hellulva cosmic explosion spreading two billion kilometers, from where there was nothing before or was there? Mysterious isn't it?

Earthlings in the 21st century have limited space vessel capability. Space is a big place for humans, as it remains largely uncharted. Warp Power and Impulse speed haven't been invented in our timeline, yet. Federation starships like the Enterprise are incredible achievements to strive towards. Seeking out new life on new civilizations is the ultimate challenge for Earth because theres only so far you can travel with humans in rocket technology. Picard has referred to humans as having grown out of their infancy in the 24th century. I suspect the galactic core our of galaxy will unfold gradually as the keen eyes of space get better at seeking out and discovering its mysteries.
"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech"

The images you see above represent galaxies. The first one is an artists impression of a pair of colliding galaxies which will eventually merge into one. The NASA Photojournal describes this in interesting detail.

The second image is the NGC 300 Galaxy. This galaxy hasn't yet merged but over time probably will. This galaxy is located just 7.5 million light years away. The face-on spiral galaxy has a fascinating array of stars illustrated in red and blue burning at different temperatures which I'll discuss in a later post. Spitzers keen infrared eyes, relays a data stream of interesting space discoveries like this face-on spiral galaxy, back to earths happy ball of beings for scientific analysis and further deep space interpretation of the universe. Thank you so much Spitzer!

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!

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