Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have more than one moon? Would the nights be twice as romantic? It may take more than two moons to help me out. This ugly old country boy has to rely on his magnetic personality (yea, right).
Anyway, we did have two moons and not very long ago. It was back between September 2006 and June 2007 when the earth captured a small (16 feet wide) asteroid. It actually orbited our world four times before it went on its way. Do you think that the coyotes howled a little more?
Speaking about astronomy, do you know how things have changed just in a few years? Before the digital camera, images where taken on photographic plates. Astronomers and scientists could study them completely and wish for more data. Today with the advent of the digital camera the tables are turned. There is now way more data than the scientists can sift through.
The sky surveys are an example of too much data. Now, there is a new telescope being installed in Chile and should be producing data by 2019. It will use a 3.2 billion-pixel camera. Yes that is billion with a capital “B”. It will produce 30 terabytes of data nightly. That’s a lot of data. “Some experts have dubbed it the age of peta-scale astronomy – that’s 10 to the 15th power.” A “tonabytes” as one astronomer calls it.
For some insight, I will compare it to my two cameras. My first camera took .jpg pictures 0.3 million pixels and .bmp at 5.3 million pixels. My newer one takes .jpg pictures at 6.1 million pixels. Just a drop in the bucket of what all the telescopes can produce in one day. Now, instead of not having enough data, they have too much. So, they are going to the internet and let everyone help decipher the data. (This information was from April 2011 Discover and Feb. 2011 Astronomy magazines)
On parting, one last question. Since they are now finding billions of galaxies which contain billions and trillions of stars, don’t you think there is intelligent life out there somewhere? I do. No matter how religious you may be, there is nothing in my Bible that says earth is the only planet that God placed humans.