Had no idea that our Milky Way Galaxy was on a collision course with our
neighboring Andromeda Galaxy.
While writing the poem
"Geese Playing Chicken: V-Formation Collisio"
(10-8-2012), came across
on collision course with the Milky Way" (By Ron Cowen, Nature, May 31, 2012).
Read New Yok Times
article (By Dennis Overbye, May 28, 2014) "Andromeda and the Milky Way:|
A Merger of Galactic Proportions" The Milky Way & Andromeda are the dominant members of a small family of galaxies known as the Local Group. Whereas the universe is expanding and galaxies are generally getting farther and farther away from one another with time, the galaxies in the Local Group are bound together by family ties in the form of their mutual gravity. Our relatives aren't going anywhere. Andromeda and the Milky Way are actually heading toward each other in the do-si-do that constitutes life in a galaxy cluster. Recent measurements with the Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed that they will hit head on in about two billion years. Since galaxies, like atoms, are mostly empty space, they will pass through each other like ghosts, but gravity will disrupt the stars and strew them across space in gigantic spectacular streamers. Eventually they'll merge into a single giant galaxy.
Our neighbor Andromeda Galaxy with|
trillion of stars is twice the Milky Way
and they'll collide in four billion years.
Computer simulations show stars inside|
each galaxy are so far apart that the two
galaxies will form a giant elliptical galaxy.
So when World Souls collide, they'll not
destroy each other but merge in love as One.
Postage Stamps Showing Andromeda & Milky Way Galaxies
Barbados 737, 75 cents
Mexico 776, 10 centavos
Milky Way Galaxy
Andorra 653, 0.56 Euro
Mlky Way Galaxy?
|Note: Above stamps were located in Google Images, The Scott catalogue #s and dates of issue were found at colnect.com, and downloaded from the web. Click on stamp catalogoe # for image sources.|
Platonic Lambda Λ in Creation and Destruction
Platonic Lambda in Creation
Colliding Galaxies in Destruction
Finnegans Wake, II.293
The Platonic Lambda,
"Soul of the Universe",
is the sum of the double & triple interval series
1+2+4+8 = 15 and 1+3+9+27 = 40. It's interesting that Plato says that God created the Soul before matter in the Lambda Λ shape. So when I saw the Lambda Λ shape in the colliding galaxies of Milky Way & Andromeda, Buddha's vision of the cyclical universe came to mind, that the end resembles the beginning and are connected.
Without beginning or end, without sides or corners, the circle is a symbol of the Soul, unity, eternal and infinite. When two circles intersect, they form the vesica piscis, almond-shaped mandorla Eye of the Soul. James Joyce ends his most important chapter in Finnegans Wake at page 216, since 216 is the product of the last numbers in the Platonic Lambda 8 and 27. Joyce writes of "Plutonic loveliaks twinnt Platonic yearlings" (292.30-31), and borrows
a Vesica Piscis diagram (293.12-14) from Commentary on Euclid's Elements by the Neoplatonist Proclus (412-485 AD). The intersection of two circles forms an almond-shaped mandorla often associated with Christ and Pisces (Sign of the Fish). The lower triangle (ALP) stands for the mother's initials Anna Livia Plurabelle, signifying the Lower World (Plutonic or Hades), while the upper triangle (αλπ) stands for the Higher World (Platonic Lambda or "World Soul" with the transcendental number π on top).
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 12-20-2020