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(Slate)   Science says: Prepare to feel very, very small   (slate.com) divider line 72
    More: Cool, Very Small, Philip C. Plait, Galaxy groups and clusters, Death from the Skies, light-years away, Hubble Space Telescope, Bad Astronomy, Milky Way  
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2014-04-23 08:27:41 PM  
Slate says: Prepare to feel very. very stupid
 
2014-04-23 08:34:20 PM  
Smaller.  I will feel smaller.
 
2014-04-23 08:35:20 PM  
♫ Let's go get small... let's go get small ♫
 
2014-04-23 08:38:27 PM  
Beautiful. It doesn't make me feel small. It makes me feel lucky that I had the opportunity to exist, learn, and contemplate life in a tiny little corner of the universe.
 
2014-04-23 08:45:57 PM  
Why should I feel small?  All those objects are revolving around the Earth. [citation]
 
2014-04-23 08:45:58 PM  
I feel happy for some reason looking at that.

Maybe it's the fact we can take such pictures, I don't know.  But I definitely feel happy.
 
2014-04-23 08:51:47 PM  
Hey, Phil... thanks very much for TFA

/farking awesome
 
2014-04-23 08:55:22 PM  
As if I needed another reason.
 
2014-04-23 09:06:50 PM  
.
 
2014-04-23 09:11:50 PM  
And here I was expecting some sort of dick joke.
 
2014-04-23 09:24:23 PM  
That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.
 
2014-04-23 09:25:46 PM  
I was hoping we had the honey i shrunk the kids technology :(
that thing would make moving so much farking easier.
 
2014-04-23 09:27:22 PM  

kbronsito: I was hoping we had the honey i shrunk the kids technology :(
that thing would make moving so much farking easier.


I'd settle for Fantastic Voyage level

/just don't move more than an hour away
 
2014-04-23 09:36:06 PM  

Ambivalence: there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.


That is comforting, don't know that I've ever thought of it that way.
 
2014-04-23 09:51:20 PM  
www.american.com
 
2014-04-23 09:54:43 PM  

Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.


Maybe.  It's pretty likely that there exists life elsewhere, almost seems impossible not to be the case.  But it's so far away, which also means so long ago.  Pity physics doesn't lend itself well to interstellar travel or even communications, but it doesn't.
 
2014-04-23 10:07:56 PM  

nekom: It's pretty likely that there exists life elsewhere, almost seems impossible not to be the case.  But it's so far away, which also means so long ago.  Pity physics doesn't lend itself well to interstellar travel or even communications, but it doesn't.


Maybe. Or maybe you're the top exhibit in a cosmic zoo and don't even know it.
 
2014-04-23 10:14:23 PM  
Hard not to feel feel small.  Every porn yahoo (actor, not the wanna-be search engine) is hung like a donkey.

My girlfriend is not helpful in this regard either.
 
2014-04-23 10:18:00 PM  

K3rmy: Hard not to feel feel small.  Every porn yahoo (actor, not the wanna-be search engine) is hung like a donkey.

My girlfriend is not helpful in this regard either.


On a positive note, at least you can hold on to the hope of eventually finding a smaller girlfriend
 
2014-04-23 10:24:03 PM  

Triumph: nekom: It's pretty likely that there exists life elsewhere, almost seems impossible not to be the case.  But it's so far away, which also means so long ago.  Pity physics doesn't lend itself well to interstellar travel or even communications, but it doesn't.

Maybe. Or maybe you're the top exhibit in a cosmic zoo and don't even know it.


How about subspace communications? Like through wormholes and stuff?
 
2014-04-23 10:47:56 PM  

K3rmy: Hard not to feel feel small.  Every porn yahoo (actor, not the wanna-be search engine) is hung like a donkey.

My girlfriend is not helpful in this regard either.


Once I get past the part you use she's alright.
 
2014-04-23 10:50:42 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: K3rmy: Hard not to feel feel small.  Every porn yahoo (actor, not the wanna-be search engine) is hung like a donkey.

My girlfriend is not helpful in this regard either.

On a positive note, at least you can hold on to the hope of eventually finding a smaller girlfriend


Smaller girl in the US?  Land Whale Capital of the World?  Surely you jest.

/cue Leslie Nielsen picture here
 
2014-04-23 11:02:32 PM  

nekom: Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.

Maybe.  It's pretty likely that there exists life elsewhere, almost seems impossible not to be the case.  But it's so far away, which also means so long ago.  Pity physics doesn't lend itself well to interstellar travel or even communications, but it doesn't.



the likelihood of life and intelligent life is close to certainty
while we cant prove it until we see it, you can infer that no matter how small the chance is, we know that it has happened once in the universe. given the size of the universe and the amount of time that has gone past, the odds that we are the ONLY ONE is vanishingly small

unless magic sky captain
 
2014-04-23 11:06:11 PM  

Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.


My Nebraska farmboy father inlaw was an engineer who worked for Lockheed Martin and helped build the Hubble (and the Space Shuttle and the Glomar Explorer and the Sea Shadow and and and). He would explain to me in language I didn't really understand the science that brought us these pictures. And then he would tell me how small we are, and that our smallness unites us, and that we are all small together, and his perspective would make me feel hopeful and happy and fill me with contentment. Apparently, perspective matters.

img.photobucket.com

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2014-04-23 11:09:42 PM  
Billions and billions.
 
2014-04-23 11:13:26 PM  

Prey4reign: Billions and billions.


Drink!
 
2014-04-23 11:14:46 PM  

Notabunny: Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.

My Nebraska farmboy father inlaw was an engineer who worked for Lockheed Martin and helped build the Hubble (and the Space Shuttle and the Glomar Explorer and the Sea Shadow and and and). He would explain to me in language I didn't really understand the science that brought us these pictures. And then he would tell me how small we are, and that our smallness unites us, and that we are all small together, and his perspective would make me feel hopeful and happy and fill me with contentment. Apparently, perspective matters.

[img.photobucket.com image 640x360]

[img.photobucket.com image 640x535]

[img.photobucket.com image 637x600]


missstep.org
 
2014-04-23 11:24:08 PM  
Look, we get it. Space is vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big.
 
2014-04-23 11:44:43 PM  

HawgWild: Look, we get it. Space is vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big.


You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
 
2014-04-24 12:00:18 AM  
We're going to need another piece of fairy cake
 
2014-04-24 12:44:10 AM  
BadAstronomer, Fark's personal space pr0n dealer.
 
2014-04-24 12:53:01 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: HawgWild: Look, we get it. Space is vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big.

You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.


Wow I've never seen that quote before. It should be in every thread about space.
 
2014-04-24 01:01:56 AM  
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.
 
2014-04-24 01:02:41 AM  
What? Nobody posted it?

I am disappoint.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmfAyK6CeIg
 
2014-04-24 01:23:43 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Notabunny: Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.

My Nebraska farmboy father inlaw was an engineer who worked for Lockheed Martin and helped build the Hubble (and the Space Shuttle and the Glomar Explorer and the Sea Shadow and and and). He would explain to me in language I didn't really understand the science that brought us these pictures. And then he would tell me how small we are, and that our smallness unites us, and that we are all small together, and his perspective would make me feel hopeful and happy and fill me with contentment. Apparently, perspective matters.

[img.photobucket.com image 640x360]

[img.photobucket.com image 640x535]

[img.photobucket.com image 637x600]

[missstep.org image 850x637]


ideaschema.net
 
2014-04-24 01:37:03 AM  
 27 And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
 28 And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
 29 And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
 30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
 31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
 32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
 33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
 
2014-04-24 01:52:30 AM  

Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.


That's my line of thinking, too.  At the rate we're going, we'll be some other race's archaeology project before long, but at least someone might find our ashes before Sol goes nova.
 
2014-04-24 02:39:45 AM  

ISO15693: 27 And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
 28 And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
 29 And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
 30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
 31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
 32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
 33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.


36 Also, stop masturbating.
 
2014-04-24 02:41:02 AM  

doglover: ISO15693: 27 And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
 28 And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
 29 And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
 30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
 31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
 32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
 33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.

36 Also, stop masturbating.


*snert
 
2014-04-24 02:46:08 AM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: .


What he said.
 
2014-04-24 02:51:28 AM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: .


This is a brilliantly simple post for the discussion matter of the thread. It's made even funnier/greater when viewed in the context of your Fark handle. In summation: great post, would read and laugh at again.

+billions and billions
 
2014-04-24 03:04:06 AM  
Well, I will write for our creationist friends.  That is just God placing the light 8000 years out so our faith will be tested.  After all, God is a f**king liar and acts just like their definition of Satan when reality interferes with their faith.
 
2014-04-24 03:05:25 AM  
oh great now SCIENCE is watching me in the shower too?
 
2014-04-24 03:08:45 AM  

AbiNormal: BadAstronomer, Fark's personal space pr0n dealer.


You say that, like it's a bad thing.
 
2014-04-24 03:17:23 AM  
I like mocking creationists as much as the next satanic baby muncher, but I'm starting to get bored with this increasingly refined science stuff. Can't really do much with the knowledge.
 
2014-04-24 03:30:02 AM  
 
2014-04-24 04:17:27 AM  

Closed_Minded_Bastage: AbiNormal: BadAstronomer, Fark's personal space pr0n dealer.

You say that, like it's a bad thing.


I was in a very reverent mood when I wrote that.
 
2014-04-24 04:45:25 AM  
I don't feel small.  It makes me feel larger than myself.  Something something made of starstuff something something and all that.

/legend in his own time mind
//ftfm
 
2014-04-24 04:52:01 AM  
What the hell?? Small!!??

I feel like a god, gazing at the Hubble Deep Field.

I dance across galaxies as if they were marvelous floors of black marble bedecked with gems.
 
2014-04-24 04:57:20 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Notabunny: Ambivalence: That actually makes me feel hopeful. As farked up as humanity and earth is there is bound to be some intelligent life out there that's done well and got it right. Even if we never do, it's okay somewhere.

My Nebraska farmboy father inlaw was an engineer who worked for Lockheed Martin and helped build the Hubble (and the Space Shuttle and the Glomar Explorer and the Sea Shadow and and and). He would explain to me in language I didn't really understand the science that brought us these pictures. And then he would tell me how small we are, and that our smallness unites us, and that we are all small together, and his perspective would make me feel hopeful and happy and fill me with contentment. Apparently, perspective matters.

[img.photobucket.com image 640x360]

[img.photobucket.com image 640x535]

[img.photobucket.com image 637x600]

[missstep.org image 850x637]


Really? How the fark did I end up in the Andromeda galaxy?! That can't be right...
 
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