Ultra Deep Space

“We pointed the most powerful telescope ever built by human beings at absolutely nothing, for not other reason than because we were curious, and discovered that we occupy a very tiny place in the heavens.”

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Gayle Miller

    What a wonderful way to start my Wednesday morning. Truly inspiring. We are so unimportant in the vast scheme of things and yet so entirely necessary to those who love us. Ergo, our focus must be on those we love and who love us.

  • http://www.comeaway.blogspot.com AngloCathJoi

    I’m a total space nut, and find my faith deepened and enhanced with every new discovery.

    But so many of my friends see the space program (and telescopes, for that matter) as a waste of time and money, an “impractical” pursuit. “Why would we need to know about what’s out there? It doesn’t do us any good.”

    I will never understand people who are not moved to wonder by the mysteries and beauty of the universe; surely practicality cannot be our only measure of exploration and discovery?

  • lsheldon

    Long ago I sat in a dentist’s chair while he ranted about the huge expenditures being wasted on space exploration.

    There are several things already wrong with this story–one you should immediately see, others,not until I continue a bit.

    Getting ready to pick a fight with your dentist while in his chair is a risky business–as you should have seen already.

    What you don’t know yet is: this was in Palo Alto, in the very heart of “Silicon Valley” where the likely hood is high that the space program directly or indirectly (look up Ames Research and Lockheed, and what is now called Onizuka Air Force Station, and Fairchild Camera and Intel, and National Semiconductor) paid for his building, his fees, and the salaries of his staff.

    And it was in the late 1960′s or 1970′s.

    (It was long enough ago that his tool stands still had the belt-driven-many-elbowed drills mounted on them–the teeth-cleaning people still used them.)

    Anyway, I interrupted him mid rant and asked him “Why do you use that handpiece [the air-driven tool in his hand], instead of that [pointing to the elbowed machine]?

    Making a long story short, he explained that the thing ran faster, so the cutting was faster, so less heat built up, which caused less damage and didn’t hurt so bad. He mentioned a number of valid advantages.

    So then I asked him if he had any idea what was in side of it (the handpiece).

    He didn’t, hard as that is to believe.

    What is inside is a tiny turbine, in tiny bearings, that makes an incredibly tiny, incredibly lightweight engine that can spin at unbelievable speeds and that will run for years without wearing out.

    All of it, every bit, developed to solve problems in one space program or another.

    To his credit he did not hurt me–in fact he later decided to specialize in Endodontics and did several root canals on me.

    I have no idea if Dr. Kalar is still in practice or even if I am remembering his name correctly, but I recommend him, if he is.

  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    How can anyone look at all that is known and ponder the unknown and not realize there had to be God to create it all?

    It’s too magnificent to explain it any other way.

  • SKAY

    I love your blog.

    Thank you

  • Micha Elyi

    Many conclude from the vastness of Creation, “We are so unimportant in the vast scheme of things.” I look at the same Creation and conclude “Wow. We must be important in the eyes of God because He made all this for us.”

    To the best understanding of today’s physicists and cosmologists, our universe has the minimum size, mass, and age necessary for a lawful universe suitable for us to exist. A smaller universe would have already collapsed due to gravitational attraction of the matter within it. A universe with less mass (amount of matter) would not have condensed some of that mass into stars and galaxies. A younger universe would not have had time for the existence of not one, not two, but the three generations of stars necessary to produce (in supernovae explosions) the heaver elements from which the Earth has condensed and upon which earthly life depends.