What an odd question, isn’t it? “Is there only one galaxy?”
Your first thoughts – “No.”
But, what if it were possible? For a long time, science fiction has brought us shows and video games of space travelers moving at faster than light (FTL) speeds, traveling from planet to planet. But – for the most part – all of it has been within the same galaxy. The galaxy is so large that even at 100 times the speed of light, it would take human beings thousands of years to explore even the most fundamental portions of the Milky Way Galaxy.
So – with NASA having shown pictures of so many galaxies out there, could we ever explore them all? Or, are there more than just the one you’re in right now?
Think about the universe, light, gravity, rotation, and the shape of the universe you’re living in. Scientists report 100 billion to 200 billion galaxies (at the current moment). Ever wonder why galaxies seem so far away? Ever wonder why it seems that galaxies share a common trait in appearance? Perhaps the answer is as simple as “smoke and mirrors.”
There is no “video” of distant galaxies, only single shots. And, those galaxies are always moving around. But, let’s put ourselves 100 million light years from Earth, looking back toward the Milky Way galaxy – what would we see? If we were stationary, we’d see the Milky way moving around us like stars at night. But, depending on our position, rotation, and physical movement, we might see a series of images, one after another, showing us what may seem like different galaxies – but could be only one. This idea – or the idea that the universe may be a hologram – is actually shared by scientists at the highest levels working on proving what may be a very, plausible theory. The fact that light is so easily affected by gravity and heat means that it could literally bend around the sun and a single object could literally be seen from multiple angles.
If the Universe were, in fact, a very small, circular object, what appears to be other galaxies moving around this one are actually just mirror images of the Milky Way galaxy at different times in its evolution. If the Universe had a more rigid structure, say, like a tetrahedron – then the images we see are reflections of the milky way galaxy, at multiple sides, at one time, being reflected at a single point and would appear like millions – or billions – and at odd angles to one another (just like those seen by NASA)!
Does this possibility take away at all from the idea of exploring the universe? Of course, not. Consider the ongoing voyages of the Enterprise (should our society ever live long enough to reach such a reality). The Milky Way is a really, really, big place.
And, why should the universe be so large? There’s nothing for us to base that theory upon. Billions of stars can fit inside a very tightly nit ball (depending on which stars are reflections and which are actually stars. And, why would God create only one species and such a vast place for them – especially if they’ll never reach it? Why would human beings be favored among others – unless there were few to no others.
Now — there are still hundreds of thousands of planets and millions of stars. There are still millions of light years separating us from one another. But, the illusion of the the universe and multiple galaxies is literally defiant of the reality of our space. Even if an object within a hundred thousand miles of Earth were to explode – the chances that any debris would hit the planet shrinks exponentially with every foot based on the lack of motive force after X distance, the micro-variations in the cosmos that would affect its trajectory, and the infinite 360 degrees of possible directions it could take. Chance and chaos theory would eliminate the possibility down to the smallest portion of the smallest fraction – and yet – the Earth is struck constantly by extra-terrestrial objects. The following image illustrates an “action photo” and how and why it’s possible to see a single object at multiple places.
And, if life really is only the temporal illusion that we’re living in while being tested – any good programmer will tell you that the more you pack into a small space, the harder the load on the processor. Otherwise, you’d end up with some real ‘oopses’, in the programming code, such as objects being out of place, ghosts, physics anomalies, oddities happening around the planet without explanation, and other phenomenon that could bring the whole illusion down (you know – like the kind that happen already?)!
Heck – if you watch the stars long enough, you’d notice a very unique pattern in the sky – triangles, specifically, isosceles triangles. Of all the patterns and shapes readily available, the triangle is the only one that’s persistent. Yes – you can draw lines throughout the stars and make a few constellations – but there are no perfect squares, circles, octagons or anything else. But, there are triangles – just like a mirror reflecting a single object at 3 equilateral points in a series of interconnected flat planes … like a 3 dimensional tetrahedron (or something similar).
This theory – this idea – goes along way to explaining why we can see back in time. After all – seeing a star 100 million light years away is seeing “backward” in time (even if only proverbially). On the other hand – if the illusion theory is true and the one-galaxy theory is true – are we seeing behind … or are we seeing ahead?
But, what if there was only one galaxy and one universe and many different ways to look in on it? What then? Do we give up on space? The idea of a singular universe with the option to see the beginning and the end through mirrored reflections opens up all new realms of possibilities. The Milky Way itself is huge and our endeavors to see our Universe would suddenly be that much closer! And – what a great, new mystery: Why the walled universe? Why the singular galaxy?
So – the next time you see billions of stars in the sky, some farther away than others – ask yourself – which ones are real? Draw your triangle shapes and see exactly what I’m discussing. Think about why scientists can supposedly see the “edge” of the universe due to a heavy, radio-wave border around us (based on the big bang theory), if the whole of the universe is supposedly so big (after all, do you really think that teeny-tiny humans have already mastered the ability to see to infinity but can’t make a pizza healthy?). If the Universe is not so big – then do you play a more important role? Should you be doing more? And – doesn’t life suddenly become that much more precious (not to mention, cool)?