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Is God shutting down our galaxy?

Rob Waugh, “Our Galaxy Might Have Already Died - We Just Don’t Know It Yet, Scientist Warns,” Rob Waugh’s Yahoo Blog, online at http://robwaugh74.tumblr.com/post/138536271714/our-galaxy-might-have-already-died-we-just-dont  (with video),

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It sounds fairly alarming - but a scientist claims that our galaxy may not just be in the process of dying, but already be dead.  Kevin Schawinski of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, explains that galaxies ‘die’ when they stop forming new stars from gas.  And it’s quite possible that our Milky Way is already dead.  Writing on The Conversation Schawinski says, ‘It’s entirely possible that the Milky Way galaxy is a zombie, having died a billion years ago.’  ‘The crossroads of galaxy evolution is a place called the ‘green valley.’  ‘This may sound scenic, but refers to the population between the blue star-forming galaxies (the 'blue cloud’) and the red, passively evolving galaxies (the 'red sequence’).  ‘Galaxies with 'green’ or intermediate colors should be those galaxies in which star formation is in the process of turning off, but which still have some ongoing star formation – indicating the process only shut down a short while ago, perhaps a few hundred million years. ‘The glacial slowness of using up the remaining gas reservoir means that by the time we realize that a galaxy is in terminal decline, the 'trigger moment’ occurred billions of years ago.  ‘The Andromeda galaxy, our nearest massive spiral galaxy, is in the green valley and likely began its decline eons ago: it is a zombie galaxy, according to our latest research.  ‘It’s dead, but keeps on moving, still producing stars, but at a diminished rate compared to what it should if it were still a normal star-forming galaxy.  ‘Working out whether the Milky Way is in the green valley – in the process of shutting down – is much more challenging, as we are in the Milky Way and cannot easily measure its integrated properties the way we can for distant galaxies.  ‘Even with the more uncertain data, it looks like the Milky Way is just at the edge, ready to tumble into the green valley.

 

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58 minutes ago, thesometimesaint said:

It is. In about another 5 billion years the Milky Way Galaxy will merge with the Andromeda Galaxy potentially reigniting star formation. In the very long term future Entropy works and this universe will die. I'm not going to loose any sleep of it.

Wow.  Somebody should have told God that his eternal creations have a best before date.

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The Gods can do anything they want. That's the beauty of being omnipotent.

Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1072023

Who knows, but in that far distant future the Gods will once again say let there be light and it will be.

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On 2/2/2016 at 1:25 PM, thesometimesaint said:

The Gods can do anything they want. That's the beauty of being omnipotent.

Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1072023

Who knows, but in that far distant future the Gods will once again say let there be light and it will be.

Universes and galaxies come and go at His behest.  There was no beginning and there shall be no end, worlds without end, Amen.

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On 2/2/2016 at 10:37 AM, Robert F. Smith said:

Is God shutting down our galaxy?

Rob Waugh, “Our Galaxy Might Have Already Died - We Just Don’t Know It Yet, Scientist Warns,” Rob Waugh’s Yahoo Blog, online at http://robwaugh74.tumblr.com/post/138536271714/our-galaxy-might-have-already-died-we-just-dont  (with video),

 

 

Back from hiatus for a moment just to call BS on this one.

No astronomer with a brain would claim that star formation in the Milky Way is near complete and it's a zombie galaxy.  There are huge areas where star formation is perking right along, and in the Milky Way's companion galaxies, the Magellanic clouds, star formation is going like a house afire.

I'd expect better from someone at ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.  

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I should have known better than to think Sometimesaint was making a joke. ;)

This is so cool.  I can't believe I wasted the day on Runnells' stuff (and taking my mod to the hip doctor, so not a total waste).  I need to pay more attention.

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1 hour ago, thesometimesaint said:

Thought you might like this

SEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUo-Q8hhvB0

Oh, yes!  I knew about us being made of starstuff, but that's a nice video on the subject.  I've favorited it.

Check this one out, about the gravity wave discovery:

This guy's other videos are pretty cool, too!

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2 hours ago, thesometimesaint said:

Thought you might like this

SEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUo-Q8hhvB0

I also like her TED talk on Dark Matter and Dark Energy at SUNY Binghamton -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYH_nFwMXRM&ebc=ANyPxKqMiz5LueSL-2BAI5avEJf7b6J8S6m25WzGj_JClOb8pruY9CM9GBobS-kuRQFXWMaRWdUV ,.  A kind of wake-up call for those who are smarmy and self-assured on the non-existence of God, because we think we know everything.

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