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Old 02-27-2017, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default ORICHALCUM UNIVERSE Sidebar: On The Nature of the Galaxy...

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ORICHALCUM UNIVERSE Sidebar: On the Nature of the Galaxy...

Astrophysicists in the 22nd Century look at galaxies, and their structure and nature, in a complex way. One of the discoveries in physics from the late 21C was that galaxies are multiplanar structures, existing simultaneously across multiple planes of existence in a larger hyperspace, or bulk space. A single galaxy spreads across many 'branes', though that word does not mean precisely the same thing to physicists in 2150 that it does in 2000. The Milky Way Galaxy is by no means an exception.

Gravity does propagate, in a limited way, between the planes, but other forces, unknown in 2000, play a bigger role. The result is that around the Core Complex of the Milky Way (which is far more complex than simply a black hole, though that is involved) orbit stars, substellar objects, stellar remnants, gas clouds, all the objects and phenomena that make up a galaxy.

However, the Core Complex exists simultaneously across multiple 'planes', and on each such plane similar objects orbit it. They influence each other directly on the same plane primarily via gravitation, but they also subtly influence each other across the planes via much diluted gravitational influence, but also by forces not yet discovered in 2017. This is part (but not the entirely) of the reason for the enigmas of motion accounted for by the 'dark matter' hypothesis.

Astrophysicists and astronomers in the middle 22nd Century see a galaxy as being the entire complex of objects and phenomena that orbit the Central Complex, across all the planes. Since the Core Complexes exists simultaneously across all the planes a galaxy straddles, an observer who changes from one plane to another within a given galaxy will usually still see the other galaxies where they 'ought' to be, though their detailed structure will seem different because he is seeing that galaxy as it is on that particular plane, with different specific stars and other orbiting objects.

(Note that the laws of nature and physics are exactly the same on all such planes of reality. Physics, chemistry, electromagnetism, they work the same across all such levels of existence.)

Thus, an observer who moves from our plane to another in which the Milky Way is present, who looks to the appropriate coordinates, will still see the Andromeda Galaxy, though it will be a different subset of it, different specific stars and objects, in about the same place that it would be observed from the matching three-dimensional coordinates on our plane. Distance and direction and time-rate usually match up as well, under normal conditions, though peculiar things happen under extreme conditions, such as near 'neutron stars' and black holes and other such objects.

Exceptions do exist. There might be a particular brane on which the Milky Way extends and Andromeda does not, but this is exceptional. Generally, galaxies of comparable mass occupy comparable numbers of planes, and they are usually approximately the same planes.

Generally, the bigger a galaxy grows, the more mass it absorbs from smaller galactic bodies and intergalactic matter, the more planes it eventually comes to straddle. Because of the cross-planar influences, the 'plane' of a non-spherical galaxy will usually approximately line up across the branes as well.

That is, the 'disc' of the Milky Way in our plane is approximately lined up with the matching discs of the Milky Way on the other planes. This is the usual case with galaxies, though tremendous disruptions can temporarily knock these out of alignment. Over time, they tend to return, though 'over time' in this case is astronomical periods.

One implication of this is that almost all galaxies contain far more stars and planets than is realized in current-day astrophysics. As a rule, the present day estimates of such numbers fall short by at least two orders of magnitude, often much more than that. In 2150, the Milky Way is estimated to contain, at a minimum, about four hundred trillion stars, spread across over two hundred spacetime planes.

All this would be of only academic/scientific interest even in 2150, except that it is fully possible to travel from one plane to another, which means that the stars and planets of the other planes of the Milky Way are accessible to this plane, and vice versa. To a space traveler with the appropriate knowledge and technology, the closest star system to his own might not be the nearest one on his own plane, but one on an adjacent brane that he can not directly observe, but can detect with appropriate instrumentation.
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