The Unfolding

M31

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This is Andromeda, a neighbor galaxy similar to our own Milky Way. 
Less than 100 years ago we did not even know that galaxies exist.
Now we are aware of trillions, each with billions of stars.
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If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years,  
how man would marvel and stare. -- Emerson

From my  patio in New Mexico - 

Our star the Sun sets, making the famous New Mexico twilight. 
And as the day quietens, the sky darkens and other things appear: 
first, the planets; next, the brightest stars; and then, as the air begins to cool, 
the sky turns deep velvet and countless stars and galaxies unfold.
This is not a sunrise, a moonrise, or even a planet rise.
It is a galaxy rise - our Milky Way.

This is a close up of Andromeda

— What do the stars have to tell us ? What have they seen ??
       —  these our starry companions through time and space? 

 —  Did they see the iron pounding in our blood forged in the stars before our sun? 
 —  Did they find lucky little Earth hiding in a quiet corner? 
 —  And did they see the cosmic winds 
         — wandering among the stars like sowers with bags of seeds
         — sprinkling down upon Earth the beginnings of life?

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Now we can proceed:

Next >> A Gate Opens and The Voyage Begins.

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Want Still MORE?: 
         This next video is spectacular.  It takes 35 minutes, but I promise it is worth your time.

Equiped with his five senses,
man explores the universe around him
and calls the adventure science.
             Edwin Hubble, Astronomer


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