Tag Archive: cosmology

This is fascinating!  Researchers at The University of Auckland anticipate the number  of Earth like planets in the milky way Galaxy to be about 100 billion!  Astronomers think that there are hundreds of billions  of galaxies  in the universe, however the exact number is not known. In  just one image for example, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, finds there are about  10,000 galaxies visible. The most current estimates guess that there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in  the Universe, each of which has hundreds of billions of stars. Extrapolating the numbers , the possible # of habitable planets is mind blowing.


“Our proposal is to measure the number of Earth-mass planets orbiting stars at distances typically twice the Sun-Earth distance. Our planets will therefore be cooler than the Earth. By interpolating between the Kepler and MOA results, we should get a good estimate of the number of Earth-like, habitable planets in the Galaxy. We anticipate a number in the order of 100 billion.”

“The self and the world are not seperate”.

In February, 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the “Overview Effect”. He describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Without warning, he says, a feeing of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness began to overwhelm him. He describes becoming instantly and profoundly aware that each of his constituent atoms were connected to the fragile planet he saw in the window and to every other atom in the Universe. He described experiencing an intense awareness that Earth, with its humans, other animal species, and systems were all one synergistic whole. He says the feeling that rushed over him was a sense of interconnected euphoria. He was not the first—nor the last—to experience this strange “cosmic connection”.


Sunday Haiku

                 as the stars look down

                 I look up and celebrate

              my place in it all