Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.08.15

The universe is dying, so goes the title of this week’s video… But I would add, yes, we already knew this, just not to this level of precision. It seems that nothing lasts forever, that all existence, indeed, all life, is ephemeral. It seems that short of human goals, human objectives, and the meaning and purposes we give life through our own agency, there just doesn’t seem to be meaning or purpose, at least, not outside ourselves. We can give our lives purpose, and I think that we’ve been doing that all along, even when we suppose various Purposers outside of our own selves, outside of our own social systems and mystical traditions. I think that we are the purposers, even when we think purpose and meaning are handed down from above or beyond ourselves. Is that hubris? Is that arrogance? I don’t think so. I think it’s more humble, more honest, to recognize that we are projecting our own intents and needs, and personas, upon the universe. It could very well go on just fine without us, until it too dies. I learned many years ago that nothing lasts forever. And in recognizing that, I expect nothing excessive out of the wonderful ride of life I’ve had here on Earth. I don’t want to live forever, and maybe that’s a good thing. I think eternal life would grow dull, and eventually horrific. All the more to enjoy what time remains of this life, and to demand nothing more than what life can offer.

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulaat. (Be well, be safe, be brilliant as the stars.) ~ Kai’Siri greeting and departure salute

HCG 87: A Small Group of Galaxies

A Sagittarius Triplet

A Blue Halo over Antarctica

Milky Way and Exploding Meteor

Moonless Meteors and the Milky Way

Comet Dust over Enchanted Rock

Perihelion Approaches

Image of the Week:

Interacting Galaxies Group Arp 194

Weekly Astrognuz:

Ride Along with New Horizons on Its Pluto Flyby

Rosetta and comet 67P: Eruption at perihelion

Successful Test Firing of NASA’s SLS Rocket Engine

Sen: Space Odyssey

The Dwarf Planet Haumea

Ceres: Crater saturation

Why is it Tough to Land on a Comet?

Mars as big as the Moon: Not in 2015 or ever.

Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

Gecko Grippers Moving On Up

How CubeSats are Revolutionizing Radio Science

NASA’s Europa Mission Team Joins Forces for the First Time

One Decade After Launch, Mars Orbiter Still Going Strong

The Universe is Dying

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