Monday, October 31, 2016

There are way more galaxies in the universe than we thought


BostonGlobe.com Sun, Oct 30 2:00 AM PDT 
I have said that the universe is infinite, and many scientists, fiction writers have speculated as much that the universe is infinite. But how can people get their head around such a concept as infinite? Scientists can't so how the hell can the average man, woman and child ever make sense of it? Scientists have decided that it's so much easier to put limits on ideas of that magnitude and therefore claim that the universe is expanding rather than be infinite and that it will at some point in time stop expanding and fall back to where it came from, the Big Bang theory (not the television sitcom). That new theory makes everyone happy, they don't need loose sleep over the silly idea of "infinity". And for cosmologists, gives them a whole bunch more "theories to contemplate and live off the funding. Such theories as Dark Matter, Higgs boson, the Big Bang itself, red and blue shift, and a host of other miscellaneous hunches that can be derived from the Big Bang and thrown around at the water cooler while making small talk and killing time. Which brings to mind, "time". What the hell is time? We never have enough of it when we need it most, and far too much of it when we need it least. Time can be so boring and that's why we have all that time for small talk at the water cooler. But times have changed and now it's more prudent to do all ones chatting on the internet. Enough with my infinite babbling, anyway, it will take a lot of time for cosmologist to find the edge of the universe, good thing they have a lot of never ending and infinite time to work with.

Lou Baldin  



https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/bf2dd678-2bea-32e3-bf6e-28a87fa7430d/ss_there-are-way-more-galaxies.html
Imagine you woke up one morning to learn that instead of three siblings, you had 30. That’s about what happened to our own Milky Way in new research published in October that calculates there are 2 trillion galaxies in the universe — 10 times more than previously estimated. That previous estimate, 100 billion to 200 billion, came from Hubble Deep Field images taken in the mid-1990s. Even at the time, astronomers figured there were probably more galaxies, but they weren’t sure just how many more. It became possible to find out after a 2009 service mission to Hubble installed a new camera capable of measuring near-infrared light. This allowed observers to peer close (but not all the way) to the ...