Saturday, November 24, 2007

The real View From The Porch.


Heading out the door this morning at 0630. 27F. Had to run back in and get a camera. I was running behind to get to the store, but I had to take a picture. Sorry about the blur, but this is the best of five exposures; I was in a hurry. Hopefully the magic will repeat again Sunday morning.

"Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth."
-M. Python
Church is where you find it. :)

7 comments:

Matt G said...

Word.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Ok, ok, you can have my liver.

Roberta X said...

Amen. Sing it, sistah'!

Ben said...

Nice photo regardless of blur.

Wish I'd gotten one of the moon last evening after I got home from work. Blue lustre to the sky, a few wisps of cloud, big bright moon over the woods.

I will now respond to your Python quote with one from a certain Ford Prefect: The Galaxy's a fun place.

phlegmfatale said...

ooooh, purty!

Gmac said...

Great picture, blur makes it dream like.

I would recommend a new phone/camera with additional memory for those 'right now' pictures.

Will said...

what gmac said.
Here's an example of how good some camera phones can work:
http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/
general-yachting-discussion/7055-splash.html