Something’s happening out there…
But not enough for some scientists. They tell us that the formation of new stars in galaxies like the Milky Way has declined five-fold in the last three billion years. I wouldn’t konw, I’ve not been here that long,
Who’s been counting?
Well, The Herschel Telescope of the European Space Agency for one. Scientists knew that star formation was more prolific back then, but now, not so much!
Apparently, Herschel’s able to register the rate of decline. Smart guy this Herschel. And he was a pretty good football player too!
Scientists say the Herschel telescope’s infrared technology has allowed them to see galaxies, mainly spiral ones like the Milky Way. Previously, they were hidden from scientists’ view by cosmic dust clouds.
They must use a Swiffer on the lens.
The biggest telescope ever sent into space, Herschel was launched over a year ago. It spies on the universes while orbiting The Earth about 932,000 miles away.
Previous telescopes were unable to see UP to a distance of 10 billion light years. But Herschel can. Lasik and all.
He can see UP through the last three or four billion light years. Scientists say it can fill the gaps in cosmic history. What, too many Greatful Dead weekends left them cosmically challenged?
The findings suggest that at some point stars will stop forming altogether, unless solar conditions changed.
Here’s a shocker, scientists did not know the reasons for the decline.
But Al Gore called, and he wants us to recycle more of our space junk.
Researchers also say, that Herschel has managed to spot an embryonic “massive star” — a celestial object more than eight times the size of our sun.
According to accepted scientific principles, stars should not be able to become more than eight times bigger than our sun. Size matters, and The Sun is pretty picky about that. Although it was unavailable for comment.
Supposedly, Massive stars are rare and short-lived. ESA said in a statement, “To catch one during formation presents a golden opportunity to solve a long-standing paradox in astronomy.”
OK, I’m breathless!
Scientist Annie Zavagno said that “radiation emitted by massive stars should destroy them at some point — instead they continue to grow.”
Oh great, a giant mutant star!
Understanding how these “impossible” stars are formed is critical because they “control the dynamical and chemical evolution of galaxies,” according to one scientist. (I did not know dynamical was a word…but alas, even though it sounds funny, it is…my bad, I’m not a PhD from Astronomy U.)
“We can look at the complex chemistry that goes on in space that ultimately has created the things that we are made of,” offers David Smallwood, the ESA’s director of science and robotic exploration.
I have always known I’m a star, thanks David for the confirmation!
He adds, “Here we are in our established neighborhood, and a new universe is emerging from Herschel’s findings.” It’s just not emerging as fast as it used to. NIMBY anyone?
So, I suppose as this new galaxy forms, it will fill UP, grow, become advanced, and take over.
This makes …
… all that more real!
Please don’t make fun of my tin foil helmut!