Map Of The Universe Poster | YourStarForever

I know it’s part of an online catalog, but I’ve seen this ” map ” of the known universe earlier.

Just think – Our relatively small spark of light with its collection of 8 planets ( originally ** 9 **, thanks to Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson demoting Pluto. 🙂 ) is somewhere in that graphic representation of everything that surrounds us & our class G home star Sol.

I just thought some cosmic perspective would be a good way to start out this New Year.

Happy 2016 to one & all !observable-universe-logarithmic-image-square

Source: Map Of The Universe Poster | YourStarForever

Does E.T. Frighten Religious People ?

I couldn’t think  of a better title at almost 01:30 Friday, okay ? 🙂

I am not an especially religious person. I believe in / hope that there is a God, goddess, Higher Power, ” Entity Greater than Us “, but not 100 % sure, & I try to respect other people’s beliefs even when they minimize or criticize my particular mindset ( Life in the Bible – Belt, extremely religious, ” We don’t question God / the Bible ” relatives, etc. ).

Having said that, if I were a conventionally religious person, I would feel more certain in believing in a God / Supreme Being who is / was practical enough to create a multitude of planets ( counting the apparent WEALTH of astonishing exo – planets outside our solar system ) & putting life on more than a single world orbiting a medium class G0 star in one galaxy.

Most people are very practical about it, ” God created the Sun to give light during the day, the Moon & stars to provide light during the night “, which they do ( My relatives would be among the practical folks ), but that’s their sole reason apparently.

One theory goes as follows – We have been contacted, but scientists, government officials, ( Which government ( s ) ? ) & other Powers That Be are keeping things under wraps because humans & our collective civilization aren’t ready for such world – shaking knowledge yet. Especially our religions. Especially the 3 main monotheistic ones.

Could they be right about the revelation that we were not God’s only children causing massive crises of belief ? Cut back to what I said, speaking for myself. My belief in God / a Supreme Being would be reinforced by revealing that we were & are visited by observers from at least one other extraterrestrial civilization -Although they might very well look at almost a century’s worth of observations & conclude that we were too primitive, childlike / childish or else just too insane to be contacted & invited to join an interstellar United Planets or Federation just yet. & this is assuming that they actually exist, are advanced enough to make contact, & last but not least, are benevolent & don’t want to use us as lab rats or live – stock ( To Serve Man – Classic Twilight Zone episode. I neglected to get a Youtube video = clip. C’est la vie. )

Could we be God’s ( Which one ? ) / Creation’s / Evolution’s only children ?

For further reference –

http://www.futurity.org/extraterrestrial-life-religion-773862

http://www.space.com/16285-alien-life-discovery-religion-impact.html01 SETI - alien et extraterrestrial life