15/03/06

Another thing about stars.

"Stars," my first drawing at 2yrs 2mths - note that the stars are roughly spheroid in shape (a fact not known in 1959) & that each star has a window from which to take aim & shoot the other

The Big Bang theory. Presumably it was centred at some point of the universe. Astronomers can now see things around 12 billion light years away from earth. Is that in every direction, or can they see further in one direction than another? If not, then, since they calculate that the big bang occurred about 13 billion years ago, surely the oldest known objects in space (i.e. the furthest away, roughly 12 billion years old) should be closest to the centre of the big bang, grouped in one area of the sky. Instead, if I’m not wrong, they are as far flung as can be in every direction.

Of course, we are not old at all. We’re present.

The world is fantasticly interesting and beautiful. Everything perfectly in its place.

Including things 12 billion years in the past.

And what do we suppose they have been doing in the meantime, these far away stellar objects? Getting on with it? It goes without saying that, to them, we are 12 billion years in the past. Except that, as I say, they will have been getting on with it, traveling away from us (there is nearly nothing in the universe that likes us) and so we are perhaps, depending on relative speeds, fifteen billion years in the past, or whatever. In this case we are more in the past than they, meaning of course that they are in the future.

This brings us to the remarkable conclusion that they are in the future and the past at the same time.

Following from this, I email an expert, Eric H. Neilson Jnr, asking if quasars can indeed be seen in all parts of the sky (yes), and if, by chance, the centre of the Big Bang can be located. To this question I receive the astonishing response: “In fact the Big Bang wasn’t in any particular direction.”

Brilliant.

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