Saturday, March 03, 2007

Star Charting the Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud is the nearest dwarf galaxy neighbouring our solar system, the Milky Way. The Milky Way is where earth's harmless blue ball of beings live, 160,000 light years away from a multitude of stars and background galaxies populating the mysterious magellanic cloud. The width of this immortal space body is 33,000 light years across. Thats one-third the width of our own galaxy!

The mystique surrounding the Magellanic Cloud inhabitants has confused astronomers for centuries with its heavy waves of dust camouflaging its many celestial treasures from earths view. We know some of what lies beyond the Great Magellanic Cloud, we just need to see the rest! Ahh ha. The days of waiting and wishing are over.

Starry cloaking properties (dust) are no match for todays latest earthling infrared spectometer technology and multiband imaging photometer technology. NASA's Spitzers Space Telescope can detect even the faintest sources of heat in space with its keen eyes! It has discovered stars of various ages and background galaxies. A noteworthy star of gargantuan proportions has also been discovered within the domain of the Magellanic Cloud.

Its a hypergiant star located 170,000 light years from earths happy ball of beings and is called R66. Its light and dust wavelength co-ordinates were successfully charted which helped astronomers to identify the entity lurking within the star dust. R66 is 100 times wider than Earths sun! I think, if the U.S.S. Enterprise were to enter the Magellanic Cloud, it might just need a pair of windscreen wipers because its so dusty! Just kidding, Okay, Okay, I know it's a hopeless joke, just deal with it.

How untrekker-like of me, still wouldn't it be exciting to explore deep space phenomenon using starship technology? For fun, a starry eyed space blogger with interstellar experience, could log and stardate the spatial co-ordinates of uncharted warp technological civilizations in his Star Trekking Blog. He might even say "Hi there, from the people of earth, I'm an earthling, lets be friends." Unfortunately earthlings are still exploring space with rocket technology and haven't got warpdrive yet but hey! This is only the 21st century.

The contents of the Magellanic Cloud contains cooler green interstellar gas and cosmic dust grains. Red dots of expelled material spews out from the older stars. Hot young red stars, consume space dust and are red tinted, their bright clouds illuminated by starlight. Distant galaxies are red tinted also. Theres always the possibility of planets, moons and extraterrestrial life also, consider, nearly one million objects, were captured in this Spitzer enhanced image of one corner in our universe! Come on Captain Kirk, where are you? I want to book a spaceflight.

Live Long and Prosper! Enjoy Your Star Trekking!


James Pailly said...

Oh those Magellanic Clouds... Sci-Fi focuses so much on Andromeda as the "closest" galaxy. We forget some are much closer, potentially full of strange new worlds and new civilizations.

Spacerguy said...

Its only a question of time before Earths space eyes find something 'living' out there between the stars.

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