Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Galaxy and Planets Beyond Bristlecone Pines
Posted on 06/19/2016 6:48:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What's older than these ancient trees? Nobody you know -- but almost everything in the background of this picture. The trees are impressively old -- each part of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest located in eastern California, USA. There, many of the oldest trees known are located, some dating as far back as about 5,000 years. Seemingly attached to tree branches, but actually much farther in the distance, are the bright orbs of Saturn (left) and Mars. These planets formed along with the Earth and the early Solar System much earlier -- about 4.5 billion years ago. Swooping down diagonally from the upper left is the oldest structure pictured: the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy -- dating back around 9 billion years. The featured image was built from several exposures all taken from the same location -- but only a few weeks ago.
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[Credit and Copyright: Brad Goldpaint (Goldpaint Photography)]
Kinda spooky lookin
In before “There was no billion years ago.”
IBTWNBABABYA WOULD BE Carl Sagan’s take.
"The visible portion of the 13-foot-tall (4-meter-tall) "Christmas tree" isn't ancient, but its root system has been growing for 9,550 years, according to a team led by Leif Kullman, professor at Umeå University's department of ecology and environmental science in Sweden. "
This (ENTANGLEMENT) is spooky.
"The spooky action really exists."
(Even Einstein said so)
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