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Monday, July 10, 2006

At The Center of the Galaxy

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Hello-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o World!

My vacation was extended and then I found that not one, but two computers were buggy and due to my need to work and make a living, replacing/repairing the computers and restoring the data for work became my priority. I think I will have all back to normal on Tuesday and then I will need to wade through:


half a zillion emails
customer requests
renewal database
messages left for me while out


Half a zillion comments (that might be an overestimate)
blogcentric emails
projects begun before the holidays

Not to mention

'Tis the season for picnics, open houses and family trips. We need to make a run up to the top of Wisconsin to fish (wife, while I read) and gaze at the Milky Way (can't really see it if anywhere near civilization) and watch the river otters play. Guess we will do that in August.

Someday I want to see the Whirlpool Galaxy, which is a mere 37,000,000 light years from earth.

"X" Structure at Core of Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Hubble Space Telescope provides a detailed look at the core of the giant spiral galaxy M51. These images, taken at different wavelengths of light, reveal complex structure and detail in the galaxy's core, which is thought to hide a massive black hole.

Check out the "X" on the bottom right picture – A NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the center of M51, taken in visible light with the Wide Field Planetary camera (in PC mode). This image provides the first direct view of what may be an immense ring of dust which fuels a massive black hole at the heart of M51. This "donut-ring" or torus appears as the darkest bar in the striking "X" silhouetted across the bright nucleus. The 'X" marks the exact position of the black hole. Because the giant ring is tilted edge-on as viewed from Earth, it hides the black hole from direct view. The second bar of the "X" could be second disk seen edge on, or possibly rotating gas and dust in M51 interacting with the jets and ionization cones. The image is 1100 light-years across.[bottom right]

CAN YOU IMAGINE what the image at the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy looks like to me? Far beyond early man's ability to perceive, we have flung the Hubble Telescope out into space to give us more information about the wonders that are beyond our mortal sight and here, inconceivably far from our world, is an image that looks to me for all the world to be.........Jesus Christ on the cross, taking upon Him the sins of the world. Wow.


creeper said...

"Jesus Christ on the cross, taking upon Him the sins of the world. Wow."

I guess you really gotta want to see that.

IAMB said...

Hey, if people can find him in their spaghetti, on toast, as a stain on the wall, ect... why not?

chaos engineer said...

It looks like you rotated the image 90 degrees. In the original picture you linked to, the "long" bar of the cross is horizontal.

Also, if it's a true cross, then it's facing about 45 degrees away from us (judging by the angle of the short bar.)

I agree that this is probably a divine communication, but I think it's meant for lifeforms in some other galaxy. Are we even supposed to be looking at it? It seems kind of rude, like we're eavesdropping or something.

radar said...

Yes, you have to want to see it. For those that will see it, it is a cool signature to the masterpiece that is the Universe. To those that don't, it is a waterstain on a cosmic wall.

cranky old fart said...

"37,000,000 light years from earth."

Total B.S.

Everyone knows the universe is only 6,000 years old.

radar said...

Cranky, light years are distance measurements rather than age measurements.

Besides that, the argument that the earth is only 6,000 years old is a bit different from the age of the Universe. Once the carnivals are over I need to get into that a bit...

Anonymous said...

Something so massive like that could not be an accident and it is clear that it is a sign to us, if you deny his creation you deny god.

Doris said...

We have to have faith to see Jesus whether He is in our heart, in the Bible, or in the Whirlpool Galaxy.
This is marvelous.

jewlzyk said...

Thats awsome... check out laminin... its an adheisive protein in the humain bod y that "holds" the tissue together... guess what it is shaped like... From the massive galazy to a practicaly invisible but nessessary part of the human body, Christ is placed his mark for all everyone to know he holds everyhting together... read col 1:16-17

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, an image of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for God's forgiveness to the Atheists out there on our day of reckoning. Few things cause me more despair than close relatives and friends who chose not to believe in our maker. I hope to one day be enveloped my the core of M51!!
I can only imagine...