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COULD THIS COULD BE A PICTURE OF THE AFTER-LIFE ?
 

THE SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE

This extraordinary new picture (published in the Melbourne Herald Sun, August 18 2005) is a computer generated image of our galaxy - The Milky Way - based on millions of new observations by a NASA orbiting space telescope. It is shown as it would appear to an imaginary observer trillions of kilometres away.

The arrow shows the rough location of our solar system, about two-thirds from the galaxy's centre.

The Milky Way is a disc-shaped galaxy, home to about 200 to 400 BILLION stars (suns) in spiral arms separated by dust and gas clouds.

Astronomers found 50 million new stars hidden by the dust and used their position to construct a detailed map of the central Milky Way.

It was believed the Milky Way was a simple spiral galaxy. Instead, it has a large, thin bar - as seen in the centre of this picture - made of billions of relatively old dim red stars, spanning the middle of the galaxy which is about 261,000,000,000,000,000 kilometres long.

At the heart of the galaxy lurks a monster - a huge black hole, thought to weigh as much as ONE MILLION SUNS.

NASA astronomer Prof. Ed Churchwell said the bar might be a corridor down which matter falls into the black hole.

AN UN SCIENTIFIC (but intriguing) HYPOTHESIS

Where do we go when we pass beyond this mortal plane?

Decades of research into near-death-experiences have revealed that most people experiencing NDE's tell of traversing a long tunnel with a very bright light at the end.

Look closely at the centre of our universe. Gaze into it for a while. Meditate on it. And ask yourself .... could it be?

NASA astronomer Prof. Ed Churchwell said the bar might be a corridor down which matter falls into the black hole.

Isn't a corridor just another term for a tunnel?

Nothing is ever wasted in our wondrous universe, so is it possible we are merely re-cycled within our galaxy? Could it be that black holes are actually portals to another dimension, rather than monsters waiting to gobble up anything that gets too close?

Such a shift in perception might even provide us with a new way of looking at so-called "ufo's" - but then, that's a whole other ball game!

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