TODAY SEEMS TOO BE A FINE DAY (TO DIE) as any other day is, but today Sol, our solar system’s star, is breaking through the thick atmosphere and lets its rays pierce through all the way down to our bodies where it leaves its mark in form of tan (Eh! Ain’t that bizarre when you think of it?). In the quite recent past I rather loathed the Sun but lately, that is the last few years, I have come to appreciate life so much more than I’ve ever done before. I used to hate our star and wished for this nearly perfect sphere of burning plasma to take a hike to another dark place in the outer rims of our galaxy. Let’s just say I used to hate then Sun. I don’t any longer because of several reasons. First, I was very young when I had those feelings and my life was pitch black in all so I hated the intrusion of the sun’s rays burning me as if I were a vampire. I almost was. (You should have seen me fly!). It really annoyed me but haven’t I changed!
Today, with that I mean these days (or the last years), I look at it from another view because back then it was not only the Sun that bothered me but everything, so the Sun was just a disturbing ball of gas I could blame everything on with a grim expression on my face. However, nowadays I can enjoy these days when the temperature is 15-22 degree Celsius and a weak breeze that makes it pleasant to be outside. There is barely a cloud in the skies today; only some translucent white areas here and there that make the sky seem less strange. I won’t go into the structure of our Universe today but it is damn awakening and sobering to realize when the sun sets and the sky goes darker and darker these days and is still translucent and some of the higher magnitude stars begin to sparkle here and there and then it is pitch black (if you are in the countryside where I live and breath). Suddenly that comfortable and pleasant blue sky that gives such an impression of us being secure goes pitch black with a literally thousands of sparkling stars that could be seen with our naked eye.
Approximately six thousand stars are viewable from the darkest places on earth and on a high altitude place. But really, six thousand is nothing even though it seems as if the sky is teeming with sparkling stars. But the fact is that in the Milky Way, our galaxy, there are somewhere between one hundred to four hundred billion (miljarder på Sv.) stars and that is in our one average sized galaxy and there are an estimated two hundred billions of galaxies out there too and that is just in what we call the observable Universe (but of course not with the unaided eye – you need telescopes like HST and some few ground-based telescopes in order to see this) and we don’t know how far the Universe stretches in all directions cuz we can’t see any further. Before I go on – have a look at the image below – this is an image photographed by Hubble Space Telescope within our own galaxy. What you see here are stars and stars and stars, hundreds of thousands of them. and in an image we can only see so far and in one direction so imagine yourself being the Hubble Telescope and being able to swoosh forward through the masses of stars (which Hubble cannot – it is stationary) and you could go on for thousands of years and still see that same view because the view will not change, only the stars will change to new ones, it is so large that we cannot grasp it. Then, after a couple of thousand years, you might want to change the direction and go some place else but you’ll still see the same kind of stuff. No other galaxies will be seen apart from maybe a god view if our two neighboring satellite galaxies called the Magellan clouds which consist of one larger and one smaller galaxy that both are tiny compared to other galaxies and they orbit around our galaxy and they have a distinct red look. They look like two red clouds. But first look at the beautiful photo below. Every dot is a star and beyond them, there are more and more. Click on it to enlarge it:
It’s might impressive, isn’t it? I can’t believe there are so many stars above and below us in every direction going forever almost (to us anyway). But why I really wanted you to take a careful look at this image is that I’m going to show you some of the so-called Hubble Ultra Deep Field images. And what is special about them is that these images contain not stars in itself but massively condensed packed stars, namely galaxies. You have seen and maybe understood just how many stars there are in just our Galaxy. Then imagine there being 200+ billion other galaxies that are viewable from Hubble. What goes beyond those no one knows – yet. (I just want to mention here that NASA is planning to deploy the next generation of massive Space Telescope titled The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and launch is planned for October 2018! Check it out. It will for sure kick some serious ass and change many of our current views on astronomy and our knowledge of space and the Universe). But back to Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and what it has seen during that period.
You’ve seen the countless amount of stars there are in just our galaxy. Now we will look at a similar kind of image but this time we are looking at only galaxies. When you look at these shots you have to bear in mind the number of stars you gathered there are in one single normal galaxy like ours. And the interesting thing about this image is that it is the result of a special experiment that was made by the team behind the Deep- and Ultra Deep Fied images that wanted to point the HST toward the darkest patch in the universe that seems to be empty, black space. No matter how large a telescope you have got in your backyard, you will see blackness and darkness and think you are looking straight back into Khaos (and you literally almost kind of do) if you pointed it to these coordinates!! (Unless you have a ground cannon like those in Chile and connected with a bunch of other telescopes on very different places on Earth simultaneously in order to get something out of it. So, anyway, the team made its planning, they forecasted and they turned the HST toward this dark patch southwest of Orion during August and September 2009 and what they saw was mind blowing and they couldn’t believe their own eyes. They witnessed almost the birth of the Big Bang (if you’re into that theory which our current belief is based on) because they were looking back approximately 13 billion years (between 400 and 800 million years after the Big Bang) in time! And what they saw was what you see below in the three different images from this patch. These are the most distant galaxies ever witnessed by human beings in history that we know of. Just take a minute and look at the image and try to understand the vastness of what you are looking at. Every little tiny dot on this image is a galaxy, a very old galaxy – billions of years old and some of them are far greater than our own galaxy with approximately twohundred to fourhundred billions of stars in it and has maybe twice or even more of stars in them. Here you go:
Don’t you think this is interesting? Well, it is about to get more interesting, at least to me and a few of you out there. Now, my question to you, after having read and seen the above content or if you already knew it before, is – does it seem logical to you that among these countless of billions of galaxies with several hundreds of thousands of planets in each and one of them there should be no other intelligent lifeform? To me that is clear as ice. Of course, we aren’t alone in this vast Universe – this isn’t ours in any kind of way! Just think of the possibilities: in one galaxy there are at least 100 billion stars and we have learned that almost every star has at least one planet which leaves at the very least 100 billion planets out there in only our galaxy. What if 1% of these planets were terrestrial (that is they are not a gas planet but one that has a hard surface like ours or mars’ or the Saturn moon Titan, for instance)? That would leave 20 billion planets! If 1% out of those are inhabitable we would be left with 2 billion planets. If 1% of those would have some kind of lifeform we are left with 200 thousand planets. If 1% of those had an intelligent life we have at least 20 thousand planets with intelligent lifeforms on them. And if 1% of these planets were inhabited by spaceborne lifeforms there are at least about 2000 different planets with different intelligent lifeforms on them that are capable of space flight and moving in an interplanetary way. And what if 1% of those are in the reach of Earth with their crafts we are still left with 200 different species that might be what some people have witnessed all over the world on our own planet when in their space crafts. It is not ridiculous to think like this but many are, of course, these boring negative people that either doesn’t “believe in aliens” or don’t give a damn. What is really so strange about another intelligent race in the Universe? There is nothing more logical to conclude out of this than that there certainly are intelligent lifeforms far more gone in evolution than we could dream of; civilizations that might have lived for millions of years, even billions. I know it is hard to grasp these thoughts but they are not illogical at all. Rather the opposite!
I am pretty much sure that there are other lifeforms that are fully aware of our presence on Earth and I believe that they have visited us in the past and I believe that all religion that remains today are based on testimonies made of the people who witnessed these beings land on Earth and who back in the Antiquity would not think it was some kind of magic when there are landing something roaring and maybe with burning engines on a machine that could fly (only that part is unreal to them). We have only been able to fly through the air for about 100 years!!! At least what we know of. I believe that there has been a highly social structured civilization on earth in the past maybe more than once that has been forced to leave or died in nature’s catastrophes either natural or manufactured. Not to mention we have only recently traveled to the moon as recently as in the 1960’s. Ask yourself why Everything that has happened since the Roswell crash in 1947 started to happen? Suddenly we had transistors, unburnable cloth, a metal that could be folded over and over again and that would wiggle back to its natural state without a scratch on it, and then the nano-technology came to be which introduced computers everywhere and in everything within a couple of decades, the smartphones and the TVs and game consoles, etc. etc. I mean we flew to the fucking moon 20 years after the crash in Roswell! Are people stupid? I think that they got their hands on a lot of technology that they have been reverse engineering ever since and might still to today, portioning out the “new” revolutionizing technology that changes everything to the human race. And the fact that religion and worshipping come from aliens being present on Earth would be obvious. There is soo much that talks for that at least a highly civilized race has been playing around here since about 12000-14000 years ago and forward. There are also lapses in Darwin’s theory of evolution! Which might be the subject for another post. Hope you go something to think about :)