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Put the Pale Blue Dot in its Place

I am a geek. Specifically I am a space geek, and I want you to be a space geek too.

We can have space geek parties together! Truly, space Noticers are a fine group of geeks. C’mon. You want to join the in-crowd, the cool kids, the trend-setters, don’t you? (Of course, only geeks use phrases like that.)

While we are obsessing about sports or politics or buying the latest and greatest, the universe…or the multiverse….is going about its business of being born and dying and spinning and swallowing and spitting out.

The late Carl Sagan said that our planet is just a pale blue dot in a vast universe. Watch his awesome video here.

Our planet is in a solar system that is on one edge of the huge Milky Way galaxy. And the Milky Way galaxy is only one of at least one hundred billion galaxies. And now astronomers have found dark matter galaxies – galaxies that are mostly dark with very few stars. The rest of such a galaxy is composed of dark matter. And all these galaxies make up the known universe. And who knows how many more universes there are.

You can see the center of our own galaxy right here

These are all real images from our most powerful telescopes, but another amazing thing is the real photos taken on Mars

I have to admit, I spend a lot of time on these websites: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Hayden Planetarium (with the great Neil deGrasse Tyson), and various YouTube space videos. Try it! Just spend 10 minutes. You will Notice such awe-inspiring things. And it’s all real!

You don’t care?! You are going to ignore space and concentrate on the game? You don’t want to be a space Noticer? You want me to leave you alone? “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Who am I quoting? A prize will come to you if you know.

©2016 Margery Leveen Sher

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Reader Comments (4)

Quoting the computer on 2001 A Space Odyssey

I'm old, I know this stuff ☺️

August 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Yes, Katherine - Hal! I'll have to guve some thought to your prize. :-)

August 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMargery

2001 trivium: HAL is said to have been named as a one-letter step before IBM, which was the powerhouse computer company of the day. That day was 1968, of course, not 2001.
Today, it would have to be ZOOKD.

August 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

I'm impressed, Marilyn!

August 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMargery

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