My Ardour Love For You!

Universe | Blackhole | Earth | Milky Way | Galaxy | 10th August 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

The ethereal beauty of the cosmos, that it is difficult not to fall in love with it. Whether you believe in God or in nature itself, admiration follows on how all this has come up.

How the stars are getting born and dying, how the trillions and trillions of stars are spread around us. At the end of their life cycle, stars’ cores become so dense that they collapse under their gravity and explode in a detonation known as a supernova, becoming white dwarfs, neutron stars, or even black holes. Gravity! This is the ultimate mystical reality of the universe that everything just attracts each other! While everyone knows that love holds the entire world together, the fact is that ‘love’ literally does hold everything together across the universe via gravity!


We are all born in the heart of a Supernova and therefore our body atoms were born in an ancient supernova. In that sky is our ancient house.It amazes me that we’re looking at these galaxies – tiny from our perspective – but each one of them is so vast that we can’t even begin to imagine how big they are. Each one is composed of billions and billions of stars, yet from our viewpoint, they’re just these tiny points of light. I fell in love with space at the tender age of 12 when I first learned about the sun and the fact that the sun is able to create such massive amounts of energy through a simple process called fusion reaction, the fact that the combining of the simplest element in the world hydrogen to form a heavier element called helium was the source to all life on earth and existence of the universe itself! Made me curious to my core and all I've wanted to do since then is to study the world around me.


In an attempt to satisfy my curiosity, I've read the works of many great scientists such as Richard Feynman, Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and many more. My journey through the Astro world has been entertained with many exciting events such as the Geminids meteor shower, Perseids Meteor Shower, comet nowise, solar eclipses, planet conjunctions and many more. Astrophysics has another appeal for me, on several intellectual levels. The rapidly changing nature of our astrophysical knowledge is exciting. There’s always something new and something being redefined and re-examined. Learning how stars work is something I find endlessly fascinating. Spectroscopy is even more fascinating for me.


Teasing information out of light is a marvellous process, and I’m hard pressed to find another technique that has let us learn so much about the universe. Despite all of the universe’s beauty and magnificence, it can be a grim and depressing place. With this in mind, astronomers have caught a glimpse of the future of our solar system. They have spotted evidence of a planet’s destruction…in addition to evidence of a planet in the process of being devoured--both caused by an ageing star entering its red-giant phase. This is the same fate scientists foresee for the inner planets of our own solar system. Fortunately, we still have about five billion years.


We’ve glimpsed the wonders of the universe both big and small. Astronomy doesn’t set out with the intention of changing our lives on a practical level, it does change our lives. It has explained mysteries that have confounded us for thousands of years, but more crucially, it has opened up more mysteries than any of us can study in our lifetime. The Universe is beautiful, not just at the "aren't the twinkly lights beautiful?" but at every level: from the quantum mechanics that govern the motion of elementary particles to the largest galactic clusters. The universe is pretty gigantic, and even though we know a good deal about it, space still hides many mysteries.


To learn more about it, scientists are continuously finding new ways to study the universe by improving existing technologies and creating new processes and software to understand the universe better. The universe hides millions more cool facts about stars, planets, and galaxies that we are yet to uncover, and while it can take years or even centuries before we can understand everything there is to know about the universe, one thing’s certain — space is simply awesome.

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