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Thread: Cosmic Dark Age: A Personal View

  1. #1 Cosmic Dark Age: A Personal View 
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    COSMIC AGE OF LIGHT

    The cosmic dark age, perhaps as long as 10 to 12 billion or more years, is one of the great mysteries of astronomy. -John Mather, NASAs Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    Most of our 15 billion year journey
    has been completely dark
    and we still know little
    how galaxies were formed,
    how stars were generated.

    It all seemed to happen in that cosmic
    dark age of, what, 10 billion, 12 billion
    years? We may just discover
    in the Next Generation Space Telescope1
    to be launched in 2007 ,
    the origins of the universe, of stars
    and galaxies and the entry, at last,
    of masses into historys cosmic light Force2
    as it spreads its unifying powers
    and transforms the globe in ways
    quite obtrusive, quite sublime, quite celestial,
    revolutionising the soul of humankind, utterly.3

    Ron Price
    20 February 1998

    1 The Hubble spacecrafts successor.
    2 By 2007, all being well, all the buildings and the major embellishments to the Bahai World Centre will be completed. The process of entry-by-troops will be well advanced and an eventual and inevitable mass conversion will revolutionize the fortunes of the Cause at some time in the following decades.
    3 the initial impetus for this poem came from reading Let There Be Light, New Scientist, 7 February 1998, pp.26-30.


    married for 37 years; teacher for 30; living in Australia for 33 years; Baha'i for 45 years. Writer of poetry for 25 years.
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    So what's your point Ron?


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  4. #3 The Point, billco, is that..... 
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    ...with poetry, the reader's task is to make their own point. Each person makes their point and, once the poem is out of the hands of the poet, it is into the hands of the world--at least that is one view of poetry I like. There is no one point for all to get. But if you want a point, the one that impressed me most was the long period of darkness. That was a new point for me, although to aficianados of astronomy I suppose it was nothing new.-Ron
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonPrice
    ...with poetry, the reader's task is to make their own point. Each person makes their point and, once the poem is out of the hands of the poet, it is into the hands of the world--at least that is one view of poetry I like. There is no one point for all to get. But if you want a point, the one that impressed me most was the long period of darkness. That was a new point for me, although to aficianados of astronomy I suppose it was nothing new.-Ron

    So it stopped you in tracks so to speak. I know the feeling, I get it whenever a new addition to the family appears.
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    After nearly 7 years I feel I should at least thank you for your succinct but thoughtful response.-Ron Price, Tasmania
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonPrice View Post
    After nearly 7 years I feel I should at least thank you for your succinct but thoughtful response.-Ron Price, Tasmania
    It's a time capsule

    Considering what you said in your O.P., would you like to make an addendum?
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