That is a real picture (credit to Robert Gendler and Ryan Hannahoe). How. Bloody. Amazing. Is that? It’s the Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372, spanning over 300 light-years; it’s a veritable Supernova factory as well as one of our galaxy’s largest star forming regions. The Carina Nebula is constantly churning with atomic life and death.
We’ve just started teaching atmospheric and planetary subjects to our 8th grade science classes, and it’s reminded me of just how amazing Astronomy is. It makes writing music seem insignificant in comparison, but if you think about all the music you play and hear, it’s easy to imagine those same sound waves floating off into space too. Maybe we’re filling the universe with music somehow.
October has been a month of recovery and discovery for me. The women in my life make the understanding of theoretical physics an attainable goal. Space…