Nested on the beach at night
Far away from cities lights
Water slapping, wavelets lapping
Drifting in from distant shores.
Via Lactea (the Milky Way)
Galaxies above and nebula so far away
My thoughts start slipping, spirit lifting
Drifting towards those distant shores.
When I was young we referred to the cosmos as outer space. In this modern age we more often discuss deep space or intergalactic space (the space between the galaxies). The Milky Way-Via Lactea is only one of 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe calculated by astronomer Edwin Hubble in the 1920s.
The immense distance and virtual depths of space are unimaginable. The universe is so full of strange and wondrous things, worm holes for example. Much like Alice’s looking glass or rabbit hole, worm holes are a shortcut through time and space which also exist and cause turbulence in subatomic spacetime. Where and when one exits could be yesterday or tomorrow in a very different far off place including the possibility of hyperlinks to other universes.
When pondering falling into that well of deep dark space remember that all that exists in the universe is also there inside of you. Some use a telescope to see the vast others use the microscope to see the miniscule. To understand the universe you have to have a concept of the scale of things. If the mathematics of Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking explaining the scale of the universe is beyond your grasp don’t worry. Two 14-year old twin brothers Cary and Michael Huang, ninth graders from California created an online flash animation project that compares the size of various things in the universe. The brothers have included little pop up windows and explanations that make this a great learning tool for children.They describe Planck length (0.000000000016 yoctometers)and Quantum Foam (0.00000000001 yoctometers) and the distance to the Great Attractor ( 250 million light years).
You can play and learn about the Scale of the Universe here. Enjoy.