My link to Palaeontology and Earth History:
I have always been interested in fossils, creatures that inhabited our lands long ago, collecting specimens, cracking open a rock to find a shell which hasn’t seen daylight for millions of years.
Our history, our civilisation and how we came to be, and where we are now has always fascinated me.
- 40 million light years distant
- Surrounding galaxies and below right Stephan’s Quintet
- 300 to 350 million light years distant! (a very long long way away!!)
Walking on Lyme Regis beach in August, a fossilised Ammonite could be seen in the cliff above.
The light from these galaxies set off when these Ammonite’s were still alive in our Oceans! And we now find these as fossils.
The Light travelled for 350 million years then hit my telescope and then the camera in my garden!
Closer to home – The star Betelgeuse a red supergiant in the constellation of Orion:
- Betelgeuse is Located at 645 light years from Earth.
- Richard II was on the Throne of England when this light set out on its journey towards us!
It certainly does blow your mind!
See my previous blog which explains what a light year is – click here – that might help explain just how vast the universe is….