Simulation “To Do” note

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The James Webb Space Telescope has discovered a giant cosmic question mark in space that has baffled scientists.

The team operating the telescope at the European Space Agency released an image on Wednesday that offered the most detailed look yet at two actively forming young stars located some 1470 light-years from Earth in the Vela Constellation.

The two dazzling stars, named Herbig-Haro 46/47, were seen surrounded by a disk of material that “feeds” them as they grow for millions of years.

But just below them, in the background of the stunning deep-space image, was an object that resembled a huge, red question mark suspended in the night sky.

It’s unclear what the strange object might be.


Chloe Whelan
August 8, 2023
Cosmic question mark discovered in deep-space by the James Webb Space Telescope

Meh. It is just the rendering of a “To Do” note in the simulation code.


13 thoughts on “Simulation “To Do” note

  1. One of the cool things about the James Webb telescope is that it shot down a whole bunch of predictions made by the “standard model” of cosmology, including things on the age of the universe, the Big Bang, distance to / age of the quasars, and other things. Basically the Standard Model of the universe is at the “adding a fourth or fifth layer of epicycles to prove the geocentric model is correct” stage.

    It isn’t, much like Einstein’s relativity, both special and general. They have been fudging SR and GR for years to make it “work.” Yes, it describes some things much better than strictly Newtonian physics, but it’s still wrong, just like circular heliocentric orbits are better than geocentric orbits, but it’s still wrong because the orbits are elliptical.

    The most likely replacement for it, not just prior to the Webb but now supported by it far more than the Standard Model, is the Electric Universe model.

    Good place to start on the Electric Universe stuff for most people is:

    Sort of related to all that:
    He’s asking (and answering) some basic stuff about the voltage of a photon. As he says, “If you have a river does the river have water?”, but aimed at “if you have a photon…”

  2. I’ll be impressed when I see a formation that says: “Explain this atheists.”

    • It’s a big universe out there, so there probably is something out there that already says that.

      But it will be written in classical baroque Alpha Centaurian, and only visible from Tau Ceti in near ultraviolet.

    • Didn’t Carl Sagan write a novel whose plot idea was a message buried inside the number pi?

  3. From our perspective it looks like a question mark. From a different angle it probably looks quite different. Doesn’t mean there is a hidden meaning to the
    shape. Humans almost always try to attribute a human based explanation to things they don’t understand.

    • I think the people who actively search for such patterns would assume it’s intended for their eyes.

      • Kinda like the constellations. Seen from anywhere else in the galaxy (or even our “arm” of the galaxy), the “pattern” will look very different.

        A spiral galaxy seen from top-down looks very different from edge-on (which makes several aspects of “galaxy classification” kind of meaningless, but they do it anyway).

        When I look at that “question mark”, I don’t see a question mark — I mean, I see the resemblance, but my mind tries to match it up with known astronomical phenomena that could explain the odd shape. It would help if we knew the scale: Is the “dot” a single star, a very tight cluster, or a galaxy?

        If the scale is such that the “dot” is a star, my guess would be that the “curve” is a stream of stellar material being pulled by a nearby black hole into an accretion disk, which we’re seeing more-or-less edge-on (the “flat” part at the top of the “curve”). The accretion disk is perpendicular to the black hole’s axis of rotation (like how Saturn’s rings are perpendicular to the planet’s axis of rotation), and from our point of view the star is below that plane.

        But that’s just my guess. 🙂

  4. ” There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


      – God’s final message, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

      I’d like to think Douglas Adams would be highly amused by this discovery.

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