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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Space.... the final frontier

Last frontiers? Just messing with images. The background is the Tarantula nebula, from a NASA shot. The golden double helix is from microsoft online graphics collection.

The idea was inspired by this link! http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap090411.html
Link should resolve to a night view composite, with a house in the foreground and stars and constellations behind it.

When I look into the night sky, I sometimes imagine a sort of xray vision like that picture, which will let me see what else is up there beyond our hazy atmosphere. Just dreaming though. The night skyview scenes that I remember from Taiwan were so crisp and clear. You could gaze into the nighttime sky and see thousands of stars that just can't be seen in many other places. Tokyo and parts of California included.

While I think that Star Trek's opening narrative is intriguing, I'm convinced that the fields of genetics and that of deep space are equally unknowable. I spend time trying to understand fragments of code which construct and direct life forms, and which make so many organisms the same, and yet so different. The frustration of knowing we can never know or understand it all, is so humbling.


Semavi Lady woofed at @ 4/11/2009 02:05:00 AM | Permanent link | (2) Comments

Blogger Judy sent us a woof // April 11, 2009

I love your space posts. One of the reasons I moved out of the city was to have dark nights. I love looking up at a star-studded sky that includes the milky way. In my youth I remember seeing it even from Seattle. Light pollution is out of control!

And actually I delight in the not knowing - I enjoy that there are mysteries too big for us to unravel.

Great to have our blog roll working again!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // April 11, 2009

I do agree, it's the mysteries that keep the juices going. It's just the motivation I have to seek answers, it results in a sense of awe... yet elements of frustration. :D   

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