Thursday, July 21, 2022

55 Cancri e

deep field image from James Webb Space Telescope

The Big Bang is estimated to have occurred 13.2 billion years ago.  The James Webb Space telescope launched December 21 2021 reached the LT Lagrange point, one million miles in space. Hubble previously the most powerful tool revealed that space was expanding and there are also instruments like the Event Horizon telescope that explore black holes like the one at the center of the Milky Way. One of the points of interest is the locating of exoplanets, like the recently discovered 55 Cancri e surrounding distant stars--light years away. Webb is estimated to be able to relay images going back as far as l00,000,000 years after the Big Bang. What will this mean for those who believe in the existence of wormholes? Is the astrophysics behind a space telescope a little like the difference between driving and flying? Will those who believe in string theory and alternate worlds, based on the quantum notion that one piece of matter can be two places at the same time, tell NASA scientists to “get a horse.” Though a mystery is not necessarily something that can’t be understood, it may be a force that has yet to be explained. Back in l956, amateur astronomers could discover Sputnik, the first satellite in the night sky, but what does it mean to have the ability to sight phenomena that still elude understanding? 55 Cancri e is an exo-planet about eight times the size of the earth that takes 7 days to orbit a G star named Copernicus.

read "The Wormhole Society" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

and listen to "Tell It Like It Is"by Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Greg Allman

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