Tuesday, May 31, 2005

WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE

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The data concerning galactic collisions builds ever higher:
(Astronomers) now believe a thin sprinkling of stars once thought to be a halo is in fact part of Andromeda's main disk.

That makes the spiral galaxy, so close to Earth that it appeared as a fuzzy blob to the ancients, more than 220,000 light-years across -- triple the previous estimate of 70,000 to 80,000 light-years.

It appears that the outer fringes of the disk were made when smaller galaxies slammed together, they told a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Minneapolis.
When the first images of colliding galaxies showing really big collisions that were obviously two monster star systems slamming into each other quite dramatically, astronomers, eager to preserve the old fiction of the ever expanding universe decided that these collisions were very old and very far away and thus due to the "youth" of the Big Bang.

But the data keeps pouring in.
"This giant disk discovery will be very hard to reconcile with computer simulations of forming galaxies. You just don't get giant rotating disks from the accretion of small galaxy fragments," Ibata said in a statement.

Ibata, Scott Chapman of the California Institute of Technology and colleagues in Britain and Australia worked together using observations from the Keck II telescope in Hawaii.
The computer simulations all assume an expanding universe. So the actual data no longer (actually never) suits the underlying precepts the computer uses.

It is now painfully obvious. Astronomers all agree we are sliding into the giant vortex of Andromeda. We are a smaller entity and thus doomed to gravitate into our nearest neighbor's system. And Andromeda is doomed to fall into the Great Attractor, a seemingly uninteresting looking item that has tremendous gravitational powers.

So, how does all of this fit into the new model of the universe, the one where it is expanding at a faster and faster rate, flying apart, seemingly? Huh? Something is amiss. Hugely. And the mind can't accomodate this information and at the same time, hold to the ever expanding universe model.
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