January 26, 2006

Science: Not Bad For a Teenager.

I've been told before that if I didn't believe in God, I must consider the world an unspectacular and dull place. Where could the majesty be? Where is the awe?

Here.

The Hubble telescope is now 15 years old; astrophysics is one tiny aspect of science that provides limitless wonders and brings them to our very eyes.

Awesome.

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posted by Thursday at 11:38 pm

2 Comments:

Blogger pretty shaved ape said...

wow! thanks for that, truly awsome.

5:41 pm  
Blogger Thursday said...

Being able to see the birth and death of distant galaxies is damned near incomprehensible, isn't it? I still remember first realising that most of the "stars" we can see from Earth were actually galaxies the size of the Milky Way...

I stand in awe not only of the images the Hubble transmits and the clarity of them (try holding a laser pointer steady on a dime 200 miles away), but also the technology and skill that was used in making it: the primary reflector is smoothed to 1/800,000th of an inch...

And for all this, I wish, oh I WISH they could get an actor to do the voiceovers on their videos! Someone, anyone who doesn't sound like they're teaching a sex. ed. class to bored teens.

Oh, and I got the date wrong - the Hubble will be 16 years old on either April 24th (launch date) or 25th (deployment date).

10:31 pm  

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