There should have been a period when most of the atoms in the universe were neutral. This would have continued until stars and galaxies began forming.
We must see that consciousness is neither an isolated soul nor the mere function of a single
nervous system, but of that totality of interrelated stars and galaxies which makes a nervous system possible.
This galaxy appears to have 'bulked up' amazingly quickly, within a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. It made about eight times more mass in terms of stars
than are found in our own Milky Way today, and then, just as suddenly, it stopped forming new stars. It appears to have grown old prematurely.
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies
populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.
Werner von Braun
We've never seen anything like this. This unusual galaxy has ejected an enormous amount of dust to cover
itself with a cloud brighter than any we've seen around other galaxies.
Don't you see what's at stake here? The ultimate aim of all science to penetrate the unknown. Do you realize we know
less about the earth we live on than about the stars and the galaxies of outer space? The greatest mystery is right here, right under our feet.
I have to believe there's some other life force out there. I don't know in what form. But we can't have all these galaxies and universes without something going on.
Probably most galaxies are truncated-the density of stars in the disk drops off sharply. But
NGC 300 just seems to go on forever. The density of stars in the disk falls off very smoothly and gradually
It seems to me, thinking of it, that there must be some universal plan which set in motion the orbiting of the
electrons about the nucleus and the slower, more majestic orbit of the galaxies about one another to the very edge of space.
Clifford D. Simak
We went through hundreds of thousands of galaxies to find a 1-in-1,000 phenomenon.
The ultimate aim of all science to penetrate the unknown. Do you realize we know less about the earth we live
on than about the stars and the galaxies of outer space? The greatest mystery is right here, right under our feet.
Massive dark matter halos are clearly detected in disk galaxies, so where did they disappear to during the mergers?
Financially, we were on different galaxies. But it didn't matter to him.
They've discovered that, where all the other galaxies are moving in one direction,
ours is going in another. Now, the Big Bang theory says that we're all moving outward.
Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a
galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
The stars twinkle in the Milky Way and the wind sighs for songs across the empty fields of a planet a Galaxy away.
L. Ron Hubbard
A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars - -billions upon billions of stars.
If we see a star at a large distance from the center of the galaxy, that star is going to be mostly moving either
away from the center or back toward the center. Almost certainly, most of its motion is perpendicular to our line of sight.
We removed everything we knew--all the stars and galaxies both near and far.
It still amazes me how many millions goes to discovering another star
in the galaxies when, for all we know, we are still sitting on top of another undiscovered world beneath out feet.
I am a being of Heaven and Earth, of thunder and lightning, of rain and wind, of the galaxies.
It may very well be that solar systems like our own are probably not rare in the galaxy. They may actually be a very common case.
I am undecided whether or not the Milky Way is but one of countless others all of which form an entire system.
Perhaps the light from these infinitely distant galaxies is so faint that we cannot see them.
Johann Heinrich Lambert
Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University.
He played a leading role in the American space program since its inception. He was a consultant and adviser to NASA since
the 1950's, briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking,
Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to the planets.
He helped solve the mysteries of the high temperatures of Venus, the seasonal changes on Mars and the reddish haze of Titan.