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Desc:Timelapse video of the center of our galaxy rising in the sky. Gets awesome at about 24 seconds in.
Category:Nature & Places, Science & Technology
Tags:Space, timelapse, SCIENCE!, WHY HELLO THERE MISTER MILKY WAY, SPACE!
Submitted:glasseye
Date:05/19/09
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Caminante Nocturno
Beauty is interrupted when the sun comes screaming in.
Camonk
Stupid ol' sun. What a dick.

Syd Midnight
It doesn't want you to forget which one of those 100 billion stars is bringing home the bacon

Rodents of Unusual Size
The sun is a jealous bitch.

Innocent Bystander
The sun's all: YO HEY HEY GUYS WHATCHA DOING HEY CAN I JOIN YA?

chumbucket
perfect for dick cameo week

j lzrd / swift idiot
Fucking yellow bastard.

halon
This is pretty amazing.
Bebido
They should have sent a poet!
fluffy
It's easy to forget that we're all traveling in space.
Gamara II
"You might say that each and every one of us is a crewmember here on 'SPACESHIP EARTH'".

azazel
When can we say that?

DrPhwoar
Some might say we're sailing 'pon milky seas, sails to the solar winds.

Mad Struggle
It's strange how something like this can make you feel so small and yet, happy.
Chalkdust
Holy shit, this is the first time I've had a sense of just where exactly we are in the galaxy.

Also, FUCKIN' APOLLO.
SolRo
we're that spec of dust over in the corner.

j lzrd / swift idiot
+k

because the little things matter also. :]

Redlof
The center of the galaxy is my favorite object in space. There's supposed to be a super massive black hole there. How much do you want to bet very different rules of physics apply in a place like that?
SolRo
i still think black holes are some unknown superdense form of matter we haven't discovered, as I have no idea how 'holes in the fabric of space' are supposed to grow from absorbing matter and combine into larger ones when two colide and somehow evaporate over time.

also, i'm talking out my ass, but...meh.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
I downloaded some videos on black holes from empornium.us the other day. Interesting stuff.

Xiphias
let the professionals worry about that, solro

Casual Tea Party
Solro, I'm pretty sure you are right about black holes. From my understanding the term Black Hole is somewhat of a misnomer, and was really coined back in 1971 for the reason that no light can escape from it, not the presence of an actual hole. It's got a similar concept to a neutron star, a superdense collapsed star that pulls in matter and looks dark due to the absence of light escaping it.

Charles
Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.

keinsignal
There's a good book out now called "The Black Hole War" by Leonard Susskind that covers the basics pretty well. The point is that when a body of matter compresses past a certain density, the escape velocity at its surface exceeds the speed of light, making the body an inescapable gravity well - this in turn causes the body itself to suffer a runaway collapse into a singularity, as the force of gravity overwhelms the forces that would ordinarily push the subatomic particles of the body apart. It's not a literal "hole in the universe" but it's hard to describe it without resorting to that kind of metaphor. When they were first described by a couple of theoretical physicists back in the 1800s they were called "dark stars" - this was long before anybody had actually seen one or really grasped the physics of them, however.

BTW, cool video.

keinsignal
whoops, not 1800s. *1700s*. Google "Michell-Laplace".

memedumpster
The part at the end where the universe explodes is my favorite.
Longshot-
Simply amazing.
Magical Man from Happy-Land
That cloud of stars is our galaxy, the Milky Way. Our solar system is on the edge of it. We hurl through an incomprehensible darkness. In cosmic terms, we are subatomic particles in a grain of sand on an infinite beach

I wonder what's on TV now.
Xiphias
I love that shit.
j lzrd / swift idiot
Spinning complacently in the darkness, covered and blinded by a blanket of little lives.

Awesome.
B_Ko
I see what you did there.

Also, 5 stars. Jaw-Droppingly beautiful. It makes me wish i could go on fantastic space adventures even more.

Lies, lies, LIES!
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
Squeamish
Bullshit.

GIVE ME ALL THE AWESOME SCIENCE YOU CAN, NATURE. I CAN HANDLE IT.

kingofthenothing
Sounds like something from a letter from a Civil War Veteran.

j lzrd / swift idiot
Only when we all agree to go, can we all go. So said an acid trip one time when thinking about how we could harness Man. Most of the guys agreed. We ain't gettin' anywhere till y'all say it's time to throw money at getting off this mudball.

kwash
It's from Call of Cthulu by H.P. Lovecraft.

A+++++ quote

Freeman Gordon
wonderful
Myrmidon
Yes.
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