Constellations

It’s probably too early in the day for this, but here’s Tim Carmody on constellations:

After the Coper­ni­can rev­o­lu­tion, a con­stel­la­tion isn’t even a con­stel­la­tion. Instead, it’s a two-dimensional flat­ten­ing of a three-dimensional real­ity. Actu­ally, we should prob­a­bly say a FOUR-dimensional real­ity. The light from stars at vary­ing dis­tances, leav­ing their sources at var­i­ous times in the dis­tant past, gets mis­taken, from our earth­bound point-of-view, as a simul­ta­ne­ous two-dimensional pattern.

[via Snarkmarket]

[image via Wikimedia Commons]
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August 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Smarts.

3 Comments

  1. Erin replied:

    I disagree with the use of the word “mistaken” in this context. I think it should be replaced with “interpreted.” Because one never knows, now does one?
    (Oh, oh, oh.)

  2. philliposophy replied:

    Tim Carmody has very orange hair. I mean really. Should we trust _anything_ he says?

  3. 42qs replied:

    Not bloody likely…

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