Thursday, April 8, 2010

Telescopes, Microscopes

I prepared a lesson in my writing program regarding telescopes and microscopes that went like this:

The latest pictures from the Hubble telescope show the edge of the universe as we know it, according to an article I saw recently on the internet. The distance was so great it is hard to comprehend in relation to our little world, about 46.5 billion lightyears as explained at the Wikipedia site. They say it's dark beyond that, but I imagine there is no end to the darkness, but who knows or ever will know?

A person could say that what you are able to see through the telescope is much more and grander than looking through a microscope. There is an untold number of universes out there, many that have never been seen within that number of lightyears, and each view through the telescope reveals the many colors and variety of stars in a particular spot in just one universe or it could contain  any number of them. It's enough to boggle the mind!

You look through a microscope and what do you see? A bunch of little bugs moving around like the stars or fast-moving objects like the meteors. And, just like a telescope, the more power to the scope, the broader and more distinct the objects and the more things that pop into view. Man can now follow an atom around a mile-long tube and take pictures of it smashing into other atoms and objects that get in its way, throwing bits and pieces of it in all colors and directions.

To the person looking throught the scopes, it would be a matter of personal taste as to which provided the most satisfying picture, and whether he got the most bang for his buck looking at little tiny things or really big things. Myself, I prefer the really big things.


  1. I think I will just use my old eyes to look west toward the mountains--still prefer that to most anything, even far away black holes. Intresting post


  2. Like they used to say, what you can't see won't hurt you.