Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What Inspires You Wednesday: The Seriously Mindblowing & The Seriously Silly

Blew My Mind

Get your thinking caps on. Or not. I'm not sure that even if you ponder, contemplate, and muse about this for a long time, it will ever sink in. I mean, really sink in. I find it nearly unfathomable.

G and I were watching a program the other night and it touched on space.

You know, the space 'beyond our planet' kind of space, not the 'I don't have enough space to put my stuff' kind of space. The program included some pictures from the Hubble and the host pointed out that this picture..................

Hubble Deep Field Image Unveils Myriad Galaxies Back to the Beginning of Time

..........showed not what may appear at first glance to be a bunch of stars.  It didn't even show what could possibly be planets. 

No sir.
Not even close really. 

What it does show is over 1500 distant galaxies!  All those bright lights- each is an entirely different galaxy.

Say what? 

I turned to Gar, 'Did you just hear what he said? That was more than 1500 distant galaxies in that one little picture!'

I sat there shaking my head, absolutely humbled by all we do not know and all there is to still discover.  

Here's just one galaxy.  Perhaps the size of the one we live in, or maybe bigger.

 Spiral Galaxy M100

As if our own galaxy doesn't offer enough mindblowing amazement.

I know you can guess this one.

An Infrared View of Saturn

The unmistakable Saturn, shown with ultraviolet light.

This one, perhaps a little more difficult.

Bright Clouds on Uranus 

It's Urananus. Who knew that it too had rings?

So let's consider this, these planets are part of our solar system which is a small part of our galaxy, The Milky Way.  Close to our galaxy you'll find another, Andromeda.  And if all of the above didn't make your jaw drop in utter amazement, it just so happens that the entire galaxy of Andromeda is hurling itself through space toward The Milky Way. 

Hang on there just a second..........what?

Yes. Andromeda is moving at 300,000 miles an hour. 100 times faster than a speeding bullet.

And we were worried a bout a meteor? Ha!

I know. It's all completely mindblowing and it inspires me to learn more. It's like the biggest mystery ever imagined, and if that doesn't inspire you.............well......I don't know what would.

Want to blow your mind some more? Check out the Hubble site here and check out this little video about the aforementioned cosmic collision course.

The Seriously Silly

Now, let's lighten things up a bit. OK, a lot.

Let's bring it back down to earth.  
Way back down.

Trying to find an exercise that you love?

Here's one I could totally get into to. I mean, look how happy these people are when the try it.  Click here if you're reading via email.

Love this reporter's attitude and I love Nameless Dancewalk Guru Master the most. Smiling ear to ear and dancewalking through Manhattan, being himself and loving life. Just one of the things that inspires me about the city and people.

What's inspiring you today?

Ciao for now,



  1. 1500 distant galaxies? Oh my goodness, that is something! I love that you posted about this. I love things like that and I can't wait to check out those links. Have a beautiful day, lovely. xoxo

    1. isn't that crazy? 1500, just in that one little picture.

  2. The galaxy is so huge it is hard to wrap my mind around with all the interesting things that are going on. Thanks for sharing!

    1. ditto Karen. I mean, to think there are so, so many beyond ours, and then if we had a 'hubble' in those galaxies, would we then see even more distant galaxies? it's enough to make your brain freeze.

  3. Nnnnnope. Can't fathom. It hurts my brain. My husband loves to talk and ponder about that sort of thing and I'm like, "Nope. Not tangible. Can't discuss." But dance walking... now that's something I could get into.

    1. So, are you saying I have a dance walking partner? coolbeans. the space stuff i can think about but I surely don't comprehend it. but not in the same way I can't comprehend algebra.

  4. Were you watching The Cosmos!! I've been watching it and it's so interesting...even though I have devoted my life to science and have seen that information many times it is so nice to see pictures and have a better visual about our galaxy and universe. I look forward to each episode!

  5. Argghh. Mr.Rugby, living encyclopaedia reminds me of our insignificance in the Universe all the time. It fries my brain, the whole what's beyond what's beyond question..


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