How far is the Great Attractor?

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.

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10 Responses to How far is the Great Attractor?

  1. summer233 says:

    Reblogged this on ponderingaloud and commented:
    Really amazing

  2. Dave says:

    What a thought-filled poem. I have just been bouncing around your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you, by the way, for visiting mine. About your poem, I really like the insight into the person in the poem, “My thoughts start slipping, spirit lifting, drifting towards those distant shores.” Best of luck in your personal journey!

  3. I wasn’t even aware of quantum foam. This was incredible, to say the least.

  4. Yes, just like Alice in Wonderland. And I like how you go from the telescope to the microscope. This world is full of so much wonder! Lovely poem at the top!

  5. VenusVee says:

    =) I will make sure to look this up for my daughters!

  6. Interesting! WIsh all kids had the opportunity to got outside and experience the true dark sky and hear/feel what night really was like.

  7. Cathy says:

    Wow! That is amazing!

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