Friday, March 02, 2007

For Stardust

As a token of thanks for Stardust for giving me good mention on her blog and at GIFS, here is a link to the song Goodbye Milky Way by Enigma. I came across it while checking out some of the Enigma videos on Youtube. Hope you like it Star and many thanks for your kindness.

P.S. Tomorrow evening there will be a lunar eclipse that is supposed to be visible here in New York. Here's to hoping that the skies will be clear.


Stardust said...

tommy - that was absolutely awesome! Thank's so very much for posting that and thinking of me.

I love the last two spoken lines of the song:

"In 5 billions years the Andromeda galaxy will collide with our Milky Way
A new gigantic Cosmic world will be born"

It's all so incredibly beautiful.

Dani said...

Thanks for the link to this song, I loved it - I am a big fan of Enigma.

WOW – The video was really neat too. And to think that all these magnificent galaxies happened all by random chance. Amazing!

Tommy said...

Hi Dani!

I would have never figured you for an Enigma fan, especially with the erotic themes in their music. Do you like "Mea Culpa" and "Gravity of Love"?

I don't think you are correct about the random chance thing, but Lui is more knowledgeable about science than I. That is why the bulk of my arguments rely on history. I have learned that it is stupid for me to argue outside of my area of knowledge.

Dani said...

Yeah - I pretty much love all of Enigma's music. I have been a fan for probably ten years now. I have there first three albums, but I am downloading a bunch of their new stuff right now thanks to your link. I also am a huge fan of Eminem and Guns-n-Roses if that tells you anything about my style. ;->

Do you really believe that all these galaxies came about by a "Big Bang" or something like that?

Tommy said...

My musical interests are rather eclectic. I love new age type music and some symphony orchestra stuff, epic bombastic pieces like the soundtracks to Glory and Gladiator. Check out my funeral music post below, though unfortunately the Enigma "Return to Innocense" video was taken down.

I also like a lot of classic rock like Zeppelin, as well as new wave 80's like The Cure and Depeche Mode. Also into U2.

Again, I am not big in science, but my understanding is that the term Big Bang is misleading in that it is often termed as some kind of massive explosion, when the proper analogy is more like the universe is the space inside of a balloon and the balloon begins to rapidly expand. Since nobody was around to see what happened when all of that stuff went down, it is probably impossible to describe exactly what happened. What scientists can do is examine the visible evidence for clues and work their way backward to try and extrapolate what happened. It is an imperfect process though and I don't doubt humanity will be arguing over it thousands of years from now.

What would really interest me, and it would have profound implications for us on Earth, is if we can get a probe to penetrate the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europe and see if there is life in its oceans thriving around thermal vents just like we have here at the floors of our oceans. I don't know if such a thing will be possible in my life time, though I would like to live long enough to see a manned landing on Mars. I figure since the first moon landing happened just a few weeks after I was born, living just long enough to see a manned landing on Mars would be a nice way to bookend my life. Of course, if such landing happens in as soon as the next 20 years, shit I still want to keep on living.

Stardust said...

A couple of good YouTubes if you have time:

Carl Sagan Origins Of The Universe Part1

Carl Sagan Origins Of The Universe Part2

Stardust said...

tommy, you didn't say if the skies were clear there in New York to see the lunar eclipse. If so, you were lucky as the eclipse was only visible over the eastern Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. :( I have a gorgeous photo of it via telescope on my blog (NASA image).

Tommy said...

Oh, yes, sorry.

For a while there it did get very cloudy, but as I was leaving my mom's place with my kids, I could make out the moon very dimly. By the time I had gotten home, the faintest sliver of white could be made out, signalling that the eclipse was over and the moon was coming out of the earth's shadow. Because it was so cold out, I couldn't stay out for the whole thing, but I would periodically step out to see the progress being made back to full illumination.