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Let’s Talk Supernova... and Joshua 10:12

19 September 2013, 10:09

Last night I made the fateful mistake of spending time in a FaceBook group called "Does God Exist"; and, I can report that the level of stupid in the group is almost terminal.  A few more brain cells in some of the inmates, and they’d become plants.

It’s all rather depressing to see that breeders and voters can be so bewilderingly thick. So – don’t mind me; feel free to skip this self medication of reality; I need to babble to myself a bit to clear my head as I fear my IQ is dropping fast.

I got so bored and depressed by listening to waffle about the mundane and inane tripe of the creationist desert soap opera that I thought I'd seek out a Jerry Springer show to see a large step up in intellectual discourse.

But then I done-did-thunk… “No.. I'll brighten our day with something much much more interesting and uplifting – Supernovas.”

I'm going to just write and see what happens - I don't care if you don't read it... I just need to clear the horseshit I've heard tonight out of my head so I can find peace again… Hummmmmmmmm… Hummmmmmmm:

***

Sitting on it it’s ‘flat’ surface, our earth seems quite large. Hell, my family is in the Antipodes, and that’s a fair camel-ride away.

Indeed – step out into space and take a gander, and our pale blue dot (earth) is a handsome 12,000km across (diameter).  Impressive, you might think.

But - plotted against the sun's diameter of 1,300,000km, we’re 1cm next to a 1m ruler - we are a grain of sand next to a beach ball.

To put a number on it, our sun is 330,000 times more massive than earth.

Our sun - a star close up - converts 620,000 tons of hydrogen into 616,000 tons of helium per second - releasing 4,000 tons of pure energy according to E=MC^2.

But our sun is too small to ever go supernova – to explode - only suns 1.38 times the size of our sun (1.38 solar masses) reach what is called the Chandrasekhar limit when they run out of fuel and catastrophically explode - creating all the elements higher than Iron (Fe) on the Periodic Table of Elements.... so the gold in your ring, mercury in your teeth, and lead damaged brain from sniffing too much old-petrol was made by an exploding star.... long-long ago, in a galaxy far-far away.

Now get this - the Milky Way contains around 200,000,000,000 suns/stars (like or bigger than our sun). And, on average, one of those suns goes supernova per century (100 earth years). The Milky Way is overdue by about 300 years for one; but Betelgeuse, close to Orion's Belt is the next candidate.

Now it gets interesting:

The Milky Way with it's 200-billion suns, is an 'average' galaxy amid the 200,000,000,000 other galaxies like the Milky Way.

And, what is staggering - is that there are around 30... yes THIRTY... supernova's (exploding suns) somewhere in the universe... per second!!

How do you get your head around that?

I'll say that again - THIRTY SUPERNOVAS PER SECOND... How do you get your head around such a realization?

Although 330,000 times the size of earth, our sun within the 200,000,000,000 other suns in the Milky Way is so insignificant that it is even too small to ever go Supernova, yet the Milky Way itself is so insignificant that it will only share the limelight once per century, and only for 1/30th of a second as ‘the’ galaxy with a brief... "Gee... look... another one popped" flash.

Now... isn't that more interesting than being tortured by the fantasies of some lame-brain arguing to the death that a sundial in a desert tribe showed the sun went 10-degrees backward... THE SUN WENT BACKWARD (Joshua 10:12 – somehow missed by the far more advanced Chinese culture; and of course, the similarly awkward-to-explain “Miracle at Fatima” in 1917 which 80,000 devoted zombies saw, but the other 1,5-billion inhabitants on earth managed to also miss), I repeat, with tears of hysterical laughter in my eyes; which, if you have the foggiest notion of why the sun moves across the sky in the first place, imagining it can stop or go backward means these fools think the earth stopped spinning in its orbit (which is 17,500km/h at the equator – more than twice the speed of a jumbo).  Stop the earth, and everything on it hits the nearest moutain to the east at just under two thousand km/h… but, never mind… the 10,000 foot tsunami also doing that speed right behind you will wash the ketchup smear you just made against the cliff off within a nano-second.

Then again, this lot also think it once rained for 40 days (fresh water) and somehow the salt water aquatic life didn’t die.  The levels of stupid one can encounter in a day is astonishing.

But at least there are 30 exploding suns per second – that’s what makes me smile.

Peace.

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