Posts Tagged ‘Cosmology’


Object Name: Arp 194 – Three interacting galaxies
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Three spirals interacting
Creating worlds anew
Blue stars in congregations
Provide the future view

Of suns with moons and planets
Amidst the dusty lanes
And sentience abundant
That memories retains

I look in awe and wonder
Imagination wild
Upon this stilled resurgence
As one galactic child

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“Modern cosmology, and indeed, much of modern physical science, is self-serving. It is not designed to make fundamentally new discoveries, merely to explore the current knowledge base. Even worse, where the assumptions cannot be tested independently of the model (and most of cosmology falls into this category), the assumption becomes law and forms the base for further assumptions.
Here’s the thing—if a scientific enquiry is conducted on the basis of an assumed model, and moves towards a result or outcome of that enquiry in a series of progressive logical steps, then clearly, the final result is assumed. The whole process is anchored in an assumed model; therefore the outcome is a subset of that initial assumption. Furthermore, the system reinforces itself.”

Quote from Hilton Ratcliffe’s editorial in the Feb. 2012 newsletter of the
Alternative Cosmology Group


One model acceptable
“Big Bang” so called
A truth everlasting
Oft overhauled

Expanding space carrying
All there within
Since that great explosion
Without a din

The universe when quite young
Sports those mature
Some think far too much for
Time to ensure

Dark matter, dark energy
Black holes galore
Space curvature guiding
Waves to the shore

The fingers of gravity
Reach to the night
At greater than light speed
Worrisome plight

New wonders of make-believe
No doubt will shine
Born out in those heavens
Of Thought’s design

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This Christmas came and then it went
With lots of money being spent
According to the tabloid press
That enjoys such things to express

Now down we go to a New Year
The days slide by in second gear
As hopes and fears form in the minds
Of all who wish to draw the blinds

Perhaps a Mayan light will shine
Upon some undiscovered shrine
And throw man to the wolves of kind
That then devour his feckless mind

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Power surge

A small asteroid will pass today between the Earth and the Moon’s orbit

An asteroid approaches Earth
While turning slowly on its way
A warning that no certainty
Is there for man’s longevity

The cosmos is a fickle place
No favours do its laws bestow
No guilt or innocence can sway
Its powers to act another day

With peace and turmoil side by side
Extremes as tidal floods and ebbs
Its currents twisting, churning, urged
By that which ever lies submerged

I cast my thoughts first here then there
In search of answers but none come
As to its motives, wiles and schemes
It seems we are but of its dreams

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It came out of the green, not blue
A message from the stars to them
That didn’t answer any cries
Of creatures strange to human eyes


Twitter, twatter, twhatter, twot
A social network now quite hot
Facebook’s worth a mention too
As worldwide, open, human zoo
That allows those near and far
To further who they think they are


Spacetime at large expands but not near me.
They say I’m just the same size more or less
As when I was full-grown, some time ago,
Though with local expansion I confess.
It seems that gravity’s the driving force
To keeps all close together as we sail
Upon that ocean, destiny unknown,
Some wishing as immortals to prevail.

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Moon’s light revealed the darkened leaves
and branches of that lonely tree.
The stars occulted by their sway
performed a mesmerising play
upon my eyes and calmed the rage
within. And with a child’s delight –
the innocence of one born free –
I looked and then at once did see,
not filled with wonder or desire,
the nature of that inner fire:
its living strands connecting all,
a wholeness neither great nor small.

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Scientists are puzzled by the amount of water being detected on the Moon

Water, water, everywhere
Yes, even on the Moon
Perhaps the smallest asteroid
Could fill at least a spoon
It’s puzzling to some I hear
Those who are paid to know
Our Solar System’s history
How pale has turned their glow

Water, water, everywhere
Oft in disguises found
As vapour, ice, on many shores
Above and under ground
It seems the universe when young
Or very long ago
Had water in abundance too
As telescopes now show

Water, water, everywhere
So life in countless ways
Must fill the nooks and crannies and
Out on strange landscapes gaze
Earth gives us with its myriad forms
A clue to what lies there
Beyond imagination’s grasp
A universe to share

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The question is, have I written this or not?

Did I rise this morning
Or was it someone else?
Was I left behind somewhere
Climbing down another stair?
In this universe it’s true
There is room enough for two

Or more
Who knows what’s possible
In this great unknown?
Perhaps we’re friends
On some twin Earth
You and I, of different birth

When viewed cosmologically
One might conclude easily
That dimensions numerous
Could be hiding more of us

To me’s out there who in some way
Might sense these thoughts of mine today
I hope you’ll send a sign to show
You’re there. It would be great to know

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As mainstream cosmologists prepare to witness the universe shortly after its birth – when, presumable, its form was markedly different from what we have seen so far in deep space – one wonders if the giant will prove to be immortal after all. Of course, the deeper one peers into a mist the more deceiving what’s seen can be.

Perhaps it is or must be so
As theory states, although, let go
All’s relative when knowledge leads
Consensus forms what science needs

Hubble, bubble, Hoyle and trouble
Steady State no Big Bang double
Eyes that search into the past
Could soon reveal the truth at last

How distant are those objects strange
That taunt us with their wild exchange
And test the limits of our dreams
Or nightmares as it often seems?

Redshift, are you space-time’s motion
Waves on an expanding ocean
Or intrinsic to the source
Which might involve some unknown force?

Is information on its way
That could change our night into day
Release us from Thought’s aged grip
And send it on a one-way trip?

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The answer must be complicatedly simple

Is there matter dark and light?
How far is the distant night
Finite but unbounded
And bounding on in strides
Or infinite but bounded
With ever-moving tides?

Birth and death, invention
Unlimited by time
The variations conjure
Of structures most sublime

Thought ever somersaulting
Mind-bending gravity
A pulling, pushing, twirling
In Einstein’s cavity

Expansion out of nowhere
To somewhere undefined
Life’s effervescent fountain
Contained but unconfined

Creation without purpose
Intelligence denied
Unknown far out from zero
In futures that collide

‘All is and always will be’
The stars they seem to say
‘The way it always has been’
‘An ordered disarray’

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While on one of my infrequent expeditions into the deeper recesses of my book collection, I came across a title I’d read years ago written by Castaneda about his adventures with the Mexican sorcerer don Juan Matus. Whether fact or fiction (“experts” were particularly critical, which is often a positive sign), the ideas presented remain intriguing and are still in line with modern theories of psychology, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.

Quoted from the book “The Eagle’s Gift”:

I am already given to the power that rules my fate.
And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend.
I have no thoughts, so I will see.
I fear nothing, so I will remember myself.
Detached and at ease,
I will dart past the Eagle to be free.

Our planet, home to many worlds
inhabited by others than
we humans with our pride of place;
the hidden portals hide each race.

Man not alone but blind to see
expansions of reality
where others in strange ways survive
intelligently they contrive.

Our bodies but a carriage hence
to soar as eagles we must learn
the secret of detachment from
desires to which most still succumb.

When all illusion of the self
has gone can Nature intertwine
to cast away the chains that bind
and free the being of the mind.

Those who have eyes that see with power
gained on the path, the warrior’s way
with ancient knowledge as their guide
can find the place where gods reside.

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The joining


Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

I wanted to share with you this wonderful Hubble Telescope image of two interacting galaxies catalogued as Arp 273, UGC 1810
Further details can be found here on the Hubble site.

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Born on a whim or child of grand design?

A clear blue sky,
perhaps as on that first day long ago
after the fire of youth the Earth endured
since its birth in the gathering dust,
or from a joining – who can tell?
A wondrous world, child of delight,
that from some heaven fell.

A clear blue sky,
perhaps as on so many in that sea
hiding in starlight, secret in their ways.
Seen by eyes that now gaze as mine
or strangely different – who can tell?
A haven for life, shield to the storm,
where phantoms too may dwell.

A clear blue sky,
perhaps the breath of one that stands alone,
dream of some drowsy moment outside time
flaring into this prodigy;
or unintended – who can tell?
Superfluous gift, companion too,
locked in some binding spell.

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Image courtesy NASA
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centred in the Milky Way.

There at the centre, monstrous, lies
A form perhaps life in disguise
Its energies employed it seems
Somehow to keep the structure sound
And nurture life in those around

Thought for which all creation’s strange
Whose method is to rearrange
The fragments torn from Nature’s whole
Into new forms that it can see
Through eyes that watch from mystery

Man strives to know and understand
The world his senses draw inside
That rush, that overwhelming might
A singular complexity
Profound impartiality

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Inspired by the intriguing film “K-PAX”

A light year is a moment
Immersed within the glow
While travelling that vastness
To leave and say hello

The stars in every colour
The planets large and small
The satellites in orbit
Strange vistas that enthral

I see through eyes of wonder
I feel the calmness there
I hear the songs of angels
I climb each golden stair

I search with eyes of sorrow
I hope with hearts in pain
I pray to gods eternal
I laugh with those insane

Two galaxies are merging
See countless stars appear
Cocooned some still are yearning
To light the way to here.

The film based on the novel by Gene Brewer concerns a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX. During his treatment, the patient demonstrates an outlook on life that ultimately proves inspirational for his fellow patients and especially for his psychiatrist.

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Symphonic Poem

I’m unimpressed by mournful song
Or swinging beat that hits me wrong.
The music that I feel inside:
The movements of the moving tide
Of stars born in the depths of space
And worlds that thrive in their embrace
Joined with fond Nature’s lilting strain
Now soothes the fears that still remain.

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I look out on the universe
With eyes that make me see
I am one of so many
On to infinity

The co called “heat death” of the universe, a final stage of development where energy is evenly distributed throughout it, could be countered by an intelligent component that maintains a higher average energy level through forcing mechanisms, which some term “Intelligent Design”.

When one considers the enormous complexity of universal structure, and the fact that creation and destruction are taking place everywhere in the universe on many different scales, it seems to me unlikely that such dynamism would apply only to its components for a “limited” period.

In other words, the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the level of disorder in the universe is steadily increasing so that systems tend to move from ordered behaviour to more random behaviour, might apply only on certain scales. After all, the law derives from a prevailing deterministic view of universal development based on scientific observation and research done here on Earth.
Intuitively, one might expect intelligence to be an indestructible property of the smallest components of the universe in order for it to regulate development on all scales, a relationship suggested by that of the human body and its cells. According to this research, results of experiments suggest that mammalian cells, indeed, possess intelligence.

A revealing and interesting discussion site on this and many other topics by Professor Steven Dutch can be found here. It’s worth a visit.

This piece I found worth quoting:

“If something looks complex enough to be of intelligent design, one possible interpretation is always that it is of intelligent design. It may not be, but in the absence of disconfirming evidence, intelligent design is always a viable hypothesis. We can say that it’s not the only possible explanation, maybe even that it’s not the most likely explanation, but it’s extremely hard to dismiss the idea entirely. Intelligent design is always a possible interpretation of any sufficiently complex object.”

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Hole in one

As far as I know, no holes were created or destroyed in the making of this poem.

If a black hole met a white hole
Would they dance around a bit
While the white one fed the black one
Into which it self might fit

With the black hole then expanding
Gorging on its paler friend
Would the white hole be ingested?
Its creating at an end

Or would it engulf the black hole
That could not contain its might
And would fill up much too quickly
To then blaze into the night

Perhaps forces would get tangled
And dimensions twist and turn
Till a strange new greyish something
Formed that might cause some concern

Not destructive or creative
Just another mystery
More equations mathematic
Mixed with science on the spree

From Wikipedia:

A white hole, in general relativity, is a hypothetical region of spacetime which cannot be entered from the outside, but from which matter and light may escape. In this sense, it is the reverse of a black hole, which can be entered from the outside, but from which nothing, including light, may escape.

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Big Bang

Imagine a balloon appearing
Nowhere out of nothing
Expanding into nothing too
Well, if you can then good for you


Those who represent the people
Swearing oaths them to protect
From injustice inside, outside
Now are losing all respect

Seen to favour those most powerful
To the cost of you and I
Enemies designed to fool us
Death of freedom justify


That of which all are a part
Our beings, even you and I
Though we then separate through fear
What once was whole and simply clear

Death of the Ego

If there’s no more a centre
To measure here to there
Then all is just connected
A very strange affair

Not something to imagine
Not something to dissect
An integrated wholeness
With purpose I suspect

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Gravity, like a caring soul,
Reaching out from one to all and all to one
Holds the universal throng in its gentle grasp
A shepherd of creation with its flock
Sculptor of worlds and creatures that abound
If it should ever falter, fade away,
A loneliness would come all to surround.

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