Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A New View of the Universe

A story straight from the Onion! The newest observations from the Hubble Space Kaleidoscope have just been released, and they're fascinating!

That's right! As people saw how popular the Hubble Space Telescope was and its huge contributions to astronomy and astrophysics, members in NASA who studied the fairly nacent branch of astrokaleidoscopics. In fact, it has already begun to change our views of the universe. As astronomer Douglas Stetler states,
"With their unprecedented resolution, the latest images from the new kaleidoscope reveal that space, once thought to be isotropic, is actually continuously expanding, unfolding, and rearranging in a series of freaky patterns,"
I'm sure the theoretical astrophysicists are stunned by these discoveries. Who knows what else the Kaleidoscope will reveal about our Universe. Even in our own Solar System, its been discovering new things, for example, Dr. Mae Ling-Turlington described Jupiter through the Kaleidoscope as "a dazzling hexagonal array of variegated prismatic configurations, changing our very understanding of the atmospheric patterns there on the solar system's spikiest-looking planet." Who knows what other discoveries the Hubble Space Kaleidoscope could make in the coming weeks?

[In my own research] Many people don't know this, but Galileo was not only the first person to point a telescope into the sky and discovering the cosmos, but he also was the first to point a roll of toilet paper, a lead pipe, and he was the first to point a kaleidoscope into space. This experience changed him almost as much as when he used the telescope. With it he discovered the funky glow of Mercury, and the phases of the Sun. The Hubble Space Kaleidoscope is many steps away from this primitive viewing, but traces its roots back to him.

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