Looking at galaxies

April 11, 2012 | By | Reply More

You could spend many hours at the Hubble site, viewing the photos of distant places–places that are so far away that you become an extraordinary space and time traveler whenever you view these images. The photo below is that of M51 – “The Whirlpool Galaxy.”

Out of This Whirl: the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Companion Galaxy
Source: Hubblesite.org

How many sentient beings living in M51 are currently viewing the Milky Way Galaxy and wondering how many people there are viewing them? That thought motivated the SETI movement and the Drake equation.


Category: Astronomy, Meaning of Life

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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