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

7 responses

  1. Looking for examples of advanced interstellar cultures is a lesson of futility for scientists because we expect to see items like the Death Star, Ringworlds and other obvious mechanical looking edifices. Would a Greek or Roman philosopher such as Archimedes or a doctor like Galen imagine cities like New York, Los Angelos or most certainly, Las Vegas?

    We wouldn’t know what an advanced intelligent construction was until it crashed through the Solar System destroying everything in sight!

  2. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz……..* Whoooaah! Where am I,,,is this the National Geographic web site? It’s like San Francisco on a sunny day. I used to highlite the gray so that I could read in the fog, but all seriousness aside, the new format is totally zorch, and I’ll get used to not being able to grope around here in my tinfoil hat finding the intersteller tidbits that make me question the reality of my being.

    Speaking of which, this star with the comet like tail…a happening from 250 years ago showing a history of 30,000 years in it’s tail jars my reality right out of the here and now, and leaves me with this lonely feeling of insignifigence in the totallity of our own galaxy. If you’re correct about this complete solar system traveling around our galaxy I can’t help but to associate it with a NWO kind of thing, I hope and pray to to the big Kahuna of the Universe that the PNAC doesn’t find out about it.

    Cheers…,G:

  3. Sad to see that LM is no longer on your blogroll.
    😦

  4. I thought you were retired for good mirthy, I was going to put you back on after I found out you just cut down to being weekly. No malice, just me being goofy as usual. Forgive me? *wide eyed, lower lip sticking out*

  5. lol G: !

    This thing would leave the pitiful PNAC pukes pissing in their collective shorts and put them in time-out big time!

  6. Thanks Dad. It makes sense that you thought LM was finished and I didn’t remember that. My brain is juggling more than it’s capacity…that’s my only excuse.

  7. Nature. Nature and chaos.

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