“The very act of observing disturbs the system.” Werner Heisenberg
There has been a recent discovery of a new gravity wave (a ripple in Space time), detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and confirmed with the Chandra x-ray space telescope. The source of this gravity wave ‘event’ was two Neutron stars colliding, which created what is described as a Kilonova.
A Neutron star by it’s definition, is the core remnants of a giant star that has blown off it’s outta layers, in other words it explodes, leaving the small and extremely dense core as a compressed star, albeit fainter, but extremely disruptive in the sense it’s core density spins at an incredible rate, which in turns creates a gravitational binding energy of extreme gravity. A single, small Neutron star can shred and tear apart planets and larger stars within it’s vicinity. So, you can imagine what would happen if these two of small hyper active destroyers collide. As mentioned, it sends out a ripple through out the Universe. A distortion of the fabric of Space time.
It is known that NASA colour what we see with the Hubble’s digital images of Galaxies, Nebula clouds and Supernova’s which are all black and white, the use of colour as discussed in my blog post Art: “Defy actuality” doesn’t exist to the human eye within the Universe, what may exist in very faint details are reds and blues. Bright red hues as seen as stars that emit in red wavelengths and blue stars in ultraviolet. It is not a “nursery” of colorful brilliance, we add that human fixture or desire to beautify something. As the Universe viewed without it’s added colours by us, may not exude what we define as beautiful.
From a philosophical perspective, in light of our growing knowledge of a Universe, that in all retrospect is a violent and destructive entity. Is how do we define a Universe as anything of actual beauty? The serene and magnificence of the stars and planets of the Milky Way seen observed from our own planet, in someways is misleading to what the cosmos entails. It is rather, a cold, radiated vacuum of mostly dead planets, violent stars and black holes. What we mostly view as ‘events’ from Earth within the Universe is violence, exploding stars that become Supernovas, Gamma Ray Bursts which have caused mass extinctions on Earth, Black Holes that in all astrophysical science defy purpose – except to destroy. The latest event, which is significant, being the two Neutron stars colliding.
The Universe maintains it’s eternal destructive force, that as an alluring and scientific fascination. Also provides us, the human race, more perspectives on what it means for life and it’s rarity in the cosmos.
Author of “Cataclysmal” (2017) https://www.amazon.com/CATACLYSMAL-Adrian-Glass-ebook/dp/B06XC95QH2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8