When Galileo first used a small telescope to prove that the earth was part of a vast collection of heavenly bodies, we could begin to understand our connection to the Universe – to see that we are part of a vast wholeness. The Chandra telescope shows something even more incredible. Looking through it, we see that stars are not separate entities shining in the night sky, but a collection of energy, ebbing and flowing, in a vast union, like the roots of a massive, interconnected forest – ONE organism.
The Chandra telescope looks deep into the night sky, but with a different lens than most normal telescopes. Chandra is built to detect energy. Specifically, it detects X-ray (electromagnetic radiation) emissions from super-hot regions of the Universe, such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes. Since x-rays are normally absorbed into the earth’s atmosphere, Chandra orbits above at an altitude of 139,000 km in space.
Chandra takes many different types of images, but in some of them stars look very different than we are used to seeing them looking through the Hubble telescope, or using the naked eye.
Chandra has given scientists their first view of some of the most violent and energetic activities in the Universe. Compared with the red-green-blue visible light, which carries an energy of about 2 electron-volts and are seen through an optical telescopes, Chandra sees energy ranging from 50 to 10,000 eV.
It is helpful to note that x-ray energy or electromagnetic radiation is transmitted in waves or particles at different wavelengths and frequencies. These are usually designated in order from decreasing wavelengths as radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light and gamma rays – but all are just forms of the same energy.
Chandra permits astronomers to photograph extraordinary activities taking place at faraway places across the Universe. And to see that stars are all connected by an ebbing and flowing energy, which makes them appear like bright spots in a collection of energetic connections. Like the human vascular system or the great root systems of the Redwoods in California.
Chandra revealed the “Invisible Universe” that saints and sages have talked about for eons. Instead of the optical version of the Universe, which shows stars, black holes, nebula, and even entire solar systems as separate entities, this telescope shows the underlying, energetic connection even in the macrocosm of deep space.
In fact, in Native American creation myths, Spider Woman weaves a tapestry from which all life springs forth. Some tribes state that Spider Woman is responsible for all life on Earth, and others say that she wove the entire Universe.
The Navajo, for example credit Spider Woman for the entire tribe’s unusually talented weaving abilities. The Navajo tell a story of a young Indian girl who wandered into the dessert where she viewed a wisp of smoke coming from a hole in the earth. Peering into the hole, the girl saw Spider Woman spinning a blanket.
She began spinning this web by singing (chanting) which seems an odd way to make something as vast as a Universe, until we compare this metaphor to the new discoveries in quantum physics, which demonstrate that all manifest reality is merely a vibration (moving energy) in a vast possibility of different vibrations.
It is thought that no North American culture is more aligned with the natural process of the earth, and as the earth is but a part of the Universal web, we can see, once again, a profound lesson in ONENESS coming from both modern science and ancient cultures.
When we look at images from Chandra, an energetic viewpoint of the stars, they are nothing but a vast array of energetic energy that looks woven together as if by a Grandmother’s hand.
Image: Gregg Braden, GAIA, Chandra Telescope