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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:21 PM



In a world where science is based on facts and that is where truth comes from, how do we wrap our minds around the fact that space never ends?


That's an oversimplification of "science." Science doesn't claim to answer all things, or have the answer to all things that falls within its purview. It's a means to an end, and sometimes the end isn't known yet.



I didn't say Science has all the answers. What I said was that is where we find facts and truth comes from facts.

BUT......Scientifically, I have never seen anyone explain how space can never end. So, obviously, we don't have that answer.

When I think of space, I feel like I'm from the 15th century and everyone thinks the world is flat until someone sailed a boat around the world and didn't fall off. What is space and what is beyond space? If nothing is beyond space, how is that possible?

I think technically there could be an end to the universe, and I think there are theories out there that the universe is something like a bubble and there may be more just like it. But we can only see 13.7 billion light years, or the age of the universe, so we have no way of truly knowing if there is a brick wall somewhere out there or not. I think scientists just assume it's infinite for ease of calculations and because of the fact that the rate of expansion is increasing.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:22 PM


Not looking for the why as in 'how', looking for the why as in 'why' :P

How did I know? That would be a branch of science or art, however you view it, called philosophy my friend!



Philosophy is not a branch of science - in fact, science could and would not exist without philosophical presuppositions with which to ground itself on.

The point that I was making being that science is not the only and exhaustive source of truth, like BigRedBuster claims.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:23 PM

Like most questions in life, the answer can be found in Futurama.

I'm going to miss that show. :hmmph
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:26 PM



Not looking for the why as in 'how', looking for the why as in 'why' :P

How did I know? That would be a branch of science or art, however you view it, called philosophy my friend!



Philosophy is not a branch of science - in fact, science could and would not exist without philosophical presuppositions with which to ground itself on.

The point that I was making being that science is not the only and exhaustive source of truth, like BigRedBuster claims.

I know exactly what your point was, it's been made before.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:13 PM

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:48 PM

Space is awesome.
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:12 PM

I had no idea Uranus was that big Walksalone.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:59 AM

Largest Star VY Canis Majoris compared to our sun:

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Simply amazing.
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:26 AM

That's a future black hole, that's what that is. That much mass in that small of a space (relatively speaking), when that sucker goes nova it's gonna collapse like Mark Mangino dancing on a card table.
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:30 AM

In a world where science is based on facts and that is where truth comes from, how do we wrap our minds around the fact that space never ends?


Try to wrap your head around string theory. Or the theory that the energy that created the big bang was actually another universe bumping into ours. Eventually, I just quit because my head starts hurting.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:44 PM


Mars Rover Curiosity Spied from Space

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:52 PM


Here Are Photos of Snow on Mars

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 03:18 AM


Fast and Furious: Violent Short-Lived Stars Stunt Galaxy Growth

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:11 AM

A closeup shot of the Trifid Nebula.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:19 AM

For a brief moment, I thought I was staring at the empty vastness of Kevin Cosgrove's playbook.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

Here's a comparison of what the other planets would look like in our night sky if they were as close to Earth as the Moon:

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:43 AM

That would be awesome if this was the night sky.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:51 AM

Something, something, "looking at Uranus" :lol:
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:33 PM

The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes that make up its spiral structure. As seen from Earth, the galaxy is titled nearly edge on: We view it from just 6 degrees north of its equatorial plane.

At a relatively bright magnitude of +8, M104 is just beyond the limit of naked-eye visibility and is easily seen through small telescopes. The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns.

The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is 28 million light-years from the Earth.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:48 PM

What if our solar system is really similar to atoms and we are living on electrons (earth) circling the nucleus (sun)? We then are microscopic (relatively speaking) particles and part of a huge living organism that is part of a mega eco system larger than our brains can fathom.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 01:52 PM

I think this is a pretty incredible link showing us the scale of the universe. Goes both ways from the incredibly small to the uncomprehendingly enormous.

http://htwins.net/scale2/ - Just scroll in and out.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:28 PM

What if our solar system is really similar to atoms and we are living on electrons (earth) circling the nucleus (sun)? We then are microscopic (relatively speaking) particles and part of a huge living organism that is part of a mega eco system larger than our brains can fathom.

I wonder about stuff like this EVERY FRICKIN DAY.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:31 PM

What if our solar system is really similar to atoms and we are living on electrons (earth) circling the nucleus (sun)? We then are microscopic (relatively speaking) particles and part of a huge living organism that is part of a mega eco system larger than our brains can fathom.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:37 PM

This is similar to the one Walks posted on the first page, but it's been updated to include some new information

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:06 PM

What if our solar system is really similar to atoms and we are living on electrons (earth) circling the nucleus (sun)? We then are microscopic (relatively speaking) particles and part of a huge living organism that is part of a mega eco system larger than our brains can fathom.


@ 2:50


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:10 PM

What language is that?
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 06:55 PM

What language is that?

Its in a different language? I didn't have the audio up
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:29 PM


What language is that?

Its in a different language? I didn't have the audio up

Yeah, its Italian or Portuguese I think. Maybe Spanish but I didn't recognize much of it.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:27 PM


NASA Telescope Snaps 1st Photos of Mystery Region on the Sun



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:50 PM


Comet ISON Blazes with Distant Galaxies in Stunning Hubble Photo

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:51 AM

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The Saturn moons Mimas and Pandora remind us of how different they are when they appear together, as in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape like its larger sibling, Mimas. Researchers believe that the elongated shape of Pandora (50 miles, or 81 kilometers across) may hold clues to how it and other moons near Saturn's rings formed.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across). North on Mimas is up and rotated 28 degrees to the right. The image was taken in blue light with Cassini's narrow-angle camera on May 14, 2013. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 690,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Mimas. Image scale is 4 miles (7 kilometers) per pixel. Pandora was at a distance of 731,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) when this image was taken. Image scale on Pandora is 4 miles (7 kilometers) per pixel.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

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The Saturn moons Mimas and Pandora remind us of how different they are when they appear together, as in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape like its larger sibling, Mimas. Researchers believe that the elongated shape of Pandora (50 miles, or 81 kilometers across) may hold clues to how it and other moons near Saturn's rings formed.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across). North on Mimas is up and rotated 28 degrees to the right. The image was taken in blue light with Cassini's narrow-angle camera on May 14, 2013. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 690,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Mimas. Image scale is 4 miles (7 kilometers) per pixel. Pandora was at a distance of 731,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) when this image was taken. Image scale on Pandora is 4 miles (7 kilometers) per pixel.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:17 AM

When they first flew Voyager past Mimas and saw that crater, one of the NASA scientists famously exclaimed, "Is that the engine!?!?"
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

This image of a pair of interacting galaxies (a rose made of galaxies) called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:10 PM

That's the f*ing Death Star. Oh sh!t!

I believe the quote is:

"That's no moon, It's a space station!"
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:16 PM


That's the f*ing Death Star. Oh sh!t!

I believe the quote is:

"That's no moon, It's a space station!"


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

I can't believe it took 2 pages before a Star Wars reference.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:56 PM


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:44 AM

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:45 AM


Comet ISON: Is Potential 'Comet of the Century' Already Fizzling Out?

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 10:45 PM

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:02 AM

http://www.slate.com..._over_time.html

Click the link to see the 2012 Crab Nebula picture to the 1999 Crab Nebula picture that demonstrates that this nebula is still expanding, 1000 years after it exploded...

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:26 AM

To bring up a previous point, scientists do not necessarily assume the universe is infinite. There are a lot of competing theories on whether the universe is finite or infinite, and bound or unbound, etc. It's actually a very active topic. The truth is, we don't know and very likely will never know (barring some kind of discovery that the universe is finite and bound, so one of the galaxies we are viewing out there is actually the Milky Way from a different perspective).
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:35 AM


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what does 'alien planet' mean? are not all planets 'alien'?
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:52 AM

If they're outside our solar system, yes. But the world "alien" gets more readers/viewers than the more proper term "extrasolar" normally does. The phrases are redundant when viewed in context, but it's how this stuff is written about.
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 12:25 AM



Wobbly, Sunlike Star Being Pulled by Giant Alien Planet

what does 'alien planet' mean? are not all planets 'alien'?

My guess would be planets outside of our solar system.
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 07:03 AM




Wobbly, Sunlike Star Being Pulled by Giant Alien Planet

what does 'alien planet' mean? are not all planets 'alien'?

My guess would be planets outside of our solar system.

Ha ha! Maybe "alien" because it makes the article title sound more exciting. :lol:
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It's just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long, the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter, while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV. But then winter came and the grasshopper died. And the octopus ate all his acorns. Also he got a race car. Is any of this getting through to you?
 

 


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 02:02 PM





Wobbly, Sunlike Star Being Pulled by Giant Alien Planet

what does 'alien planet' mean? are not all planets 'alien'?

My guess would be planets outside of our solar system.

Ha ha! Maybe "alien" because it makes the article title sound more exciting. :lol:

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