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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Space Oddity

Just in case you didn’t have anything else to worry about this morning...
According to NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope has reached a new milestone in its quest to determine how fast the universe is expanding. And it supports the theory that something weird is happening in our universe. (source)
Apparently the universe is expanding faster than expected. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!
…a flat geometry means that the universe is probably infinite....
How can something infinitely-large be expanding?…The straight answer is that the universe doesn't expand into anything. There is no space "out there" for it to expand into. What the cosmic expansion does is stretch space itself, as if space were made of some kind of stretchy rubber material. There is no physical border out here, only stretching space.

A slight, but very interesting, complication is that since gravity is an attractive force, when two or more galaxies are sufficiently close, in their movements they can detach from the general cosmic expansion as they drift toward one another. We say that they acquire "peculiar velocities."
Lemme just tell you, THIS is more interesting (at the very least) than starting the day by reading about some chicklet taking a dump on her boyfriend’s side of the bed or the latest inanities from Maggot Three-toes Greene and her buddy Bobo the gun-toting Colorado Clown and the rest of the hypocrisy soaked fascist boobs (not to diss tits which are, if you haven’t noticed, very nice) or the latest bullshit behavior from filthy rich fucks who see the Tangerine Twit as a role model.

Yeah, I’d rather begin another day of heavy rehab work with galactic mysteries than the dipshit, greedheaded, sleezoid chicanery of the loud dregs of humanity.

Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask. What's in it for me?
~ Peter de Vries

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
~ Einstein

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

~ Space Oddity, Bowie

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