We’ve (literally) never been here before….

This twenty-minute video spends a lot of time talking about… time. It’s only at the end that it arrives at the punchline, which is to demonstrate how each and every one of us is travelling at approximately 2.1 million kilometres per hour towards the constellations of Leo and Virgo.

This started me thinking….

Douglas Adams taught me that:

Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.

Since its formation four and a half billion years ago, the Earth has been moving through space. It’s covered one helluva lot of distance in that time. Homo sapiens (us) arrived on Spaceship Earth around three hundred thousand years ago. Since then, we’ve come a long, long way… but that, as Douglas Adams pointed out, is just a walk in the park.

Image of the spiral path the Earth takes as it travels around the Sun


In the last few hundred years, we’ve started to understand more about the Universe around us. Compared with the immense distance that the Earth has travelled, our recent movement, the time during which we’ve been actively looking outward into space, is the proverbial peanuts.

The Universe is vast. We haven’t encountered very much of it, yet. We look outwards using technology that gets better and better by the year, but even so, we still can’t determine much in the way of detail.

Suppose… just suppose that the Universe isn’t (as we currently assume) the same everywhere. Perhaps, just perhaps, there are vast regions of space that aren’t vacuum. Maybe things live in those regions. Giant space spiders, maybe. And we’re headed straight for them….

Perhaps there’s a reason that so many people have arachnophobia.

I’m off to bed. Pleasant dreams!

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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18 Responses to We’ve (literally) never been here before….

  1. A subject close to my heart! I hope you have pleasant dreams!

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  2. Arbie says:

    I think there are certainly lots of unanswered questions still out there, and even lots of questions we haven’t even thought to ask yet! Maybe take a detour around the giant space spiders though. I wonder if we’d be able to detect their webs or if there’d be a mass panic to create the technology that would enable us to do that… after a few close calls of being stuck in a web or two. Or is that too big of a space spider and we’re not talking Pennywise proportions here?

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  3. Bryntin says:

    I, for one, don’t actually care. Keep me in the Matrix. As long as there are custard creams in the biscuit tin, the universe at (very) large can be whatever it is just as perfectly well as it is now without me having to know what’s there.
    I mean, it’s not as if you could book yourself on a cruise to go and see it very soon. Even if you could travel at the speed of light it would still be billions of years to get there… so not bothered. There’s much less conceptual and more in-reach things already here to understand. In the biscuit tin for a start.

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  4. Well in The Silmarillion I believe Ungoliant was a demon in the shape of a spider that originally came from the void, so maybe Tolkien was onto something…

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  5. Any lesson from Douglas Adams is one I take to heart.

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  6. msjadeli says:

    Fascinating and educational video!

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