by Kevin Coupe
It was just a couple of weeks ago that I waxed rhapsodic here when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in concert with the ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency), delivered the first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope, giving us an unprecedented view of the distant universe.
Now, the Boston Globe reports that "astronomers have detected an unusual radio signal from a far-off galaxy, according to MIT officials.
"The signal is a fast radio burst, an intensely strong burst of radio waves, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in a statement. Usually, the mysterious signals last for a few milliseconds at most. But this one lasted up to three seconds and included bursts of radio waves every 0.2 seconds, in a clear periodic pattern … While the origin of FRBs is uncertain, astronomers suspect the signal could come from either a radio pulsar or a magnetar, two types of neutron stars, which are the collapsed cores of massive stars. The source is located in another galaxy, several billion light-years from earth."
I mention this for one reason.
It is a big universe. Humanity, as we know it, is just one tiny element of the vast universe … and maybe we ought to have some humility about that.
Any day can bring an Eye-Opening - or, in this case, Ear-Opening - scientific revelation that could change everything we think we understand about life. Maybe we should keep our hubris in check.