Daily Archives: August 16th, 2007

Is it Nature? Or an example of Intelligent Engineering?

From Quasar9:

A new ultraviolet mosaic from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows an amazingly long comet-like tail behind a star streaking through space at supersonic speeds. The star, named Mira after the Latin word for “wonderful,” has been a favorite of astronomers for about 400 years. It is a fast-moving, older star called a red giant that sheds massive amounts of surface material.The space-based Galaxy Evolution Explorer scanned the popular star during its ongoing survey of the entire sky in ultraviolet light. Astronomers then noticed what looked like a comet with a tail. In fact, material blowing off Mira is forming a wake 13 light-years long, or about 20,000 times the average distance of Pluto from the sun. Nothing like this has ever been seen before around a star.As Mira hurtles along, its tail sheds carbon, oxygen and other important elements needed for new stars, planets and possibly even life to form. This tail material, visible now for the first time, has been released over the past 30,000 years. Billions of years ago, Mira was similar to our sun. Over time, it began to swell into what’s called a variable red giant – a pulsating, puffed-up star that periodically grows bright enough to see with the naked eye. Mira will eventually eject all of its remaining gas into space, forming a colorful shell called a planetary nebula. The nebula will fade with time, leaving only the burnt-out core of the original star, which will then be called a white dwarf.Compared to other red giants, Mira is traveling unusually fast, possibly due to gravitational boosts from other passing stars over time. It now plows along at 130 kilometers per second, or 291,000 miles per hour. Racing along with Mira is a small, distant companion thought to be a white dwarf. The pair, also known as Mira A (the red giant) and Mira B, orbit slowly around each other as they travel together in the constellation Cetus 350 light-years from Earth.

What a beautiful and wondrous oddity! This certainly begs the question in my mind about the possibility that the travelling star and its companion white dwarf star in an example of an intelligently guided engineering project of a K-Type II or III Civilization. Of course Mother Nature is quite capable of the same effects also. But how can we be sure it isn’t an engineering feat? The mainstream scientific community is going to slice and dice this into something made by nature anyway until the cows come.

But being the perpetual little kid I am when it comes to things outer space, I can’t help but hope that it’s intelligently influenced. Because if it is, it means there is hope for us as a race.

Astronomers surprised by star with comet-like tail