Monday, April 24th, 2017

Mountains of Creation

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When we think much about creation we are treading dangerous ground. We live within a tiny slice of space and time, and mankind’s expanding ability to probe the far reaches of the cosmos is where the danger lies. Are there any human minds at all that can draw valid conclusions from such images probing space and time?

Mountains of CreationCredit Lori Allen, Xavier Koenig (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), JPL-Caltech, NASA. Astronomy Picture of the Day, August 29, 2008.

Giant star forming region W5 is over 200 light-years across and about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. W5’s sculpted clouds of cold gas and dust seem to form fantastic shapes in this impressive mosaic of infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope. In fact, the area on the right includes the structures previously dubbed the Mountains of Creation.

I question whether my mind can anywhere near adequately process such a look back in time. The idea of light-years just doesn’t compute. It’s probably best that I ration the precious hours allotted to me and not spend too many of them wondering about such mysteries.

Dave, in awe of the Mind behind such mysteries.

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