They stood beside one another in the meadow. The endless landscape was ablaze with a tidal beam from the nightsky, as the supernova astonished the darkness into radiance. As the ardent star contorted in the distance, they knew their place in the universe. And in the cosmic light, as if entering the gates of an ancient heaven, their lives were up for judgement.
—  Celestial Dynasty
A Brief Timeline of the Universe - The Photon Epoch [Part II]

When we last left off, the universe was a mere second old and everything was brand new. Now we’re moving on towards more familiar horizons (and comprehensible timescales), and on to….

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The Photon Epoch.

  • 10 Seconds Old- Leptons and antileptons (such as electrons and positrons) annihilate each other, leaving a small amount of leptons left over. Radiation and photons now dominate the universe, and they couple with matter, forming a Photon-Baryon fluid. It resembles a dense, glowing, opaque fog.
  • 3 Minutes Old - Nucleosynthesis begins- the universe is now cool enough to start forming the first lithium, helium, and deuterium nuclei via fusion. 
  • 20 Minutes Old - Fusion stops. The universe contains approximately ¾ hydroden, ¼ helium.
  • 70,000 Years Old - Photon and matter densities are about the same. Matter now dominates the universe, and the universe’s expansion rate slows. Small structures and perturbations begin forming.

The universe is several thousand years old now, but still doesn’t look like the universe we know and love today. It’s full of ionized plasma and glowing; photons can’t travel very far at all without being scattered by an electron. All of the hydrogen that will ever exist in the universe has been created.

Stay tuned- next we’ll be moving forward a few million years at a time, and on to bigger and better structures!

Part I - The First Second

Part III - Coming Soon!

“The best minds come from the most unexpected faces and places. There is no image for intelligence or genius. Genius is something that cannot be seen. It cannot be produced or manufactured. It is something that even the true genius thinks is unattainable. The genius recognizes he’s just a small pea in a sea of infinite atoms. Knowledge is as infinite as the universe. The man who claims to know all, only reveals to all that he really knows nothing.”  

~ Suzy Kassem

~ Ellen Vaman_Goddess Eye
~ George RedHawk Photo animation

Egon Schiele (1890-1918гг).

Taste redness, smell lulling white winds,
look at it in the universe: sun.
Gaze at stars yellow and glittering
till you feel good and have to shut out the blinking.
Brainworlds sparkle in your caves.


Egon Schiele was a poet…
Schiele wrote a number of poems in his short lifetime, which, while not of quite the same calibre as those of other renowned Expressionist poets of the time – Georg Heym, Gottfried Benn et al – are still a vivid supplement to Schiele’s painterly vision. Many of the titles denote an artist’s approach, such as ‘sketch for a self portrait’ or 'self portrait’, as do the frequent references to colour. Indeed in one poem, titled Visions, the line, ‘The white pallid girls showed me their black legs and red garters and spoke with black fingers …’ immediately conjures up a Schiele painting as if one were describing it.