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Discussion in 'Pacific Regional Discussion' started by The-Bald-Wookiee, Sep 24, 2005.

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  1. The-Bald-Wookiee

    The-Bald-Wookiee Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Analyses of a new high-resolution map of microwave light emitted only 380,000 years after the Big Bang appear to define our universe more precisely than ever before. The eagerly awaited results announced last year from the orbiting Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe resolve several long-standing disagreements in cosmology rooted in less precise data. Specifically, present analyses of above WMAP all-sky image indicate that the universe is 13.7 billion years old (accurate to 1 percent), composed of 73 percent dark energy, 23 percent cold dark matter, and only 4 percent atoms, is currently expanding at the rate of 71 km/sec/Mpc (accurate to 5 percent), underwent episodes of rapid expansion called inflation, and will expand forever. Astronomers will likely research the foundations and implications of these results for years to come.

    Copied and pasted from---> http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

    or go to---> http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html and check out the Sept. 25, 2005 entry.
     
  2. mileniumhanandshrimp

    mileniumhanandshrimp Jedi Youngling star 3

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    VERY cool.

    and yes, i am sure they will be researching (and probably quibbling) for years to come.

     
  3. MotherPalpatine

    MotherPalpatine Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Yes, but how big is this microwave?:confused:
     
  4. mileniumhanandshrimp

    mileniumhanandshrimp Jedi Youngling star 3

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    i'm sure it's big enough to cook a jedi. maybe several jedi, at once!

    more importantly, how big is this probe? ;)

     
  5. MotherPalpatine

    MotherPalpatine Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Big enough to check if their done.:D
     
  6. Kai_Vandekar

    Kai_Vandekar Jedi Padawan star 4

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    This is lame, but I much preferred the option of the universe not expanding forever, but eventually falling back in on itself (the Big Crunch) to the newer theory of the universe just expanding outward forever, cooling, cooling as it burns away the hydrogen and lighter elements that power stars...and eventually...just going out. Forever.

    Talk about existential angst! I know it makes nothing resembling ANY difference to any of us living, or even our species. But...it makes me sad.

    Anybody else miss the old theory and wish that evidence still supported it, or should I just form my own support group here in the corner, me myself and me?

    - Kai, all existential and stuff
     
  7. The-Bald-Wookiee

    The-Bald-Wookiee Jedi Youngling star 2

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    There doesn't necessarily not have to be a Big Crunch, there will still be a lot of high mass stars swirling around. Who's to say that a few of them couldn't catch each other up, fusing themselves together and creating a gravitational chain reaction which eventually causes a Not-Quite-Big-But-Still-Very-Respectable-Sized Bang. (And I will call him Mini-Creation).

    They've still got a lot of questions to answer, and some that I don't think ever will be, at least not by our little ape-minds. The universe is just so big(what in inadequate word!), who knows, we may learn something tomorrow that completely changes every theory that's come before. We've got to keep an open mind, because I don't think we've even scratched the surface of cosmology.

    [face_monkey]


    Besides, everyone knows the universe was really created when At'tar, the Space Chicken hatched it from one of her InterGalactic Eggses, and we're all heading, not for the Big Crunch, but actually the Big Scramble. :D[face_chicken]
     
  8. xdarthsmithiousx

    xdarthsmithiousx Jedi Youngling star 3

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    I prefer to think that the universe was created. When I say created, I don't mean by Jesus Christ, but John Christ, the ex guitarist for Danzig.

     
  9. mileniumhanandshrimp

    mileniumhanandshrimp Jedi Youngling star 3

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    jer, i can cautiously say that i get the feeling you are pulling the collective leg.

     
  10. xdarthsmithiousx

    xdarthsmithiousx Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Of course I don't believe that John Christ created the world. I was just joking about the fact that I'm pretty much(besides Liz)the only one who believes in creation. Although think of what the world would be like, had it been created by John Christ. <------Guitars and Goth for everyone!!!
     
  11. Liz_Skywalker

    Liz_Skywalker Jedi Youngling star 2

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    just because i believe in creation doesn't mean i don't believe there was a big bang. i believe they are one and the same. Prime Mover yo.
     
  12. xdarthsmithiousx

    xdarthsmithiousx Jedi Youngling star 3

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    If there WAS a big bang when the world was created, then I do believe that it was God on his Pearl Export series drum set, using his mighty DOUBLE BASS pedal.
     
  13. mileniumhanandshrimp

    mileniumhanandshrimp Jedi Youngling star 3

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    my theory:

    a low-end note from les claypool's bass, rippled by the doppler effect of going backwards through time...

     
  14. xdarthsmithiousx

    xdarthsmithiousx Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Now THAT is a theory and a half. Les Claypool is pretty talented, so who's to say he isn't out there creating universes?
     
  15. The-Bald-Wookiee

    The-Bald-Wookiee Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Uh-uh... Space Chicken.




    Or maybe Hendrix.

    [face_chicken]
     
  16. xdarthsmithiousx

    xdarthsmithiousx Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Hendrix was too busy doing drugs or not knowing how to tune his guitar to do that.
     
  17. MotherPalpatine

    MotherPalpatine Jedi Padawan star 4

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    >starring blankly then blinking several times very quickly<

    I am going to stand a respectable distance away after that remark.
     
  18. The-Bald-Wookiee

    The-Bald-Wookiee Jedi Youngling star 2

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    That's right! Because he was so busy creating everything. It's hard to focus on tuning one's guitar, or even playing it the right way round for that matter, when one is creating the universe. As for the drugs... erm... well, uh... yeah, it was the 60s! Everybody was doin' 'em! Or something...








    Egg from the Space Hendrix? [face_chicken]
     
  19. mileniumhanandshrimp

    mileniumhanandshrimp Jedi Youngling star 3

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    < Egg from the Space Hendrix? >

    i like it, it works.

     
  20. The-Bald-Wookiee

    The-Bald-Wookiee Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Hmm.

    Not to contradict my own post, but... if the Universe is constantly expanding away from one singular point, i.e. the Big Bang, how in the world can we have galaxies colliding with one another? Such as:

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap051008.html

    and

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041121.html

    and

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap971027.html

    And what with all that gravity being exerted by, well, everything... wouldn't it send stuff: comets; asteroids; galaxies, whizzing all over the place higgledy-piggledy, thus kinda nullifying the whole "expansion" thing and creating more of an "automatic pool table gone wild" sort of effect?

    Sorry, but I think they need to do some more math.:-B (And I will gladly back this up with my quite startling lack of research, expertise or even understanding)(Sho nuff!).
     
  21. mileniumhanandshrimp

    mileniumhanandshrimp Jedi Youngling star 3

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    [face_shame_on_you] ...actually, new evidence suggests it was the flying spaghetti monster:

    http://www.venganza.org/index.htm

    WWFSMD? :p

     
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