February 21, 2013

Something (Eternally) Wonderful: "The Most Astounding Fact..."

To stand but Once within this Field,
And feel the hands of wind,
Is ample compensation
For the Gift the years rescind.

At length our modern marvels
Seem but Blots of haze on slate,
That we note with brief attention
As we step between the Gates,

And dance, to some faint music,
Along the path of day's retreat,
Our ancient, ageless minuet
That rounds this sleep with sleep.

-- Intelligent Design @ AMERICAN DIGEST

And then there's THIS....

Rain of Fire

On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced a moderately powerful solar flare and a dazzling magnetic display known as coronal rain. Hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, and outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface. Music: 'Thunderbolt' by Lars Leonhard, courtesy of artist. -- NASA

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 21, 2013 11:41 AM
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Have you ever seen a pic of the Taj Mahal? Beautiful, expansive, built to commemorate the love between a man and a woman.

As is often said about the universe, if we are the only living creatures in it what a terrible waste of space. OR, the biggest, most extravagant mansion that could ever be built. It's not only bigger than you can imagine, perhaps infinite in dimension and infinite in number (multiverse), but eons of thought about it doesn't even begin to explain it all.

Posted by: Scott M at February 21, 2013 3:05 PM

"This too is meaningless, and a chasing after wind."

-- The Preacher

Posted by: Grizzly at February 21, 2013 5:44 PM

"It's all crap." (modern paraphrase)

Posted by: Grizzly at February 21, 2013 5:46 PM

"We are star stuff, harvesting star light." Carl Sagan

Posted by: markus at February 22, 2013 6:16 PM