Aaron Dames writes for Divided Core.
Beyond M31 is another very similar galaxy – its spiral arms slowly turning once every quarter-billion years. This is our own Milky Way, seen from the outside. This is the home galaxy of the human species. In the obscure backwaters of the Carina-Cygnus spiral arm, we humans have evolved to conscience and some measure of understanding. Concentrated in its brilliant core and strewn along its spiral arms are four-hundred-billion suns. It takes light a hundred-thousand years to travel from one end of the galaxy to the other. Within this galaxy are stars and worlds and, it may be, an enormous diversity of living things and intelligent beings and space-faring civilizations… In the Milky Way galaxy, there may be many worlds on which matter has grown to consciousness. I wonder: are they very different from us? What do they look like? What are their politics, technology, music, religion?… Read the rest