Saturday, November 15, 2008

Planet of Love

Which image is the newly discovered solar system containing at least four new planets and which is the eye of Sauron?

Actually, the top image is part of the HR 8799 system. The bottom one overlooks all the evil of Middle Earth. The former is 1.5 times the size of the sun. The latter oversees Mordor, which is probably hotter than the sun's surface (that is 5800 Kelvin!)

I do love that something 130 light years away cannot be seen by the human eye, but you can if you go to Brookstone and get a pair of shitty binouclars.

This discovery brings the number of planets outside of our nine (or eight, if you don't include Pluto) to 326. With that and the 70 sextillion stars in the known universe (honestly, I am not making that number up), it is not so amazing that there is life out there - it would be that anyone could find us if they wanted to.

....and if I may continue with my LotR analogy........

Maybe the new system is also the eye of Sauron. Maybe we are middle earth. But maybe W no longer has the ring and maybe now the time for man has not ended. Maybe evil no longer oversees all of us and we will all return to our own Shire.

......yeah........that's it.

Song by: Mandy Barnett

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