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Kyle Gordon

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Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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on How Did the Universe Form?

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Adam Y
Explorer

Woah…

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Life is amazing and pretty cool. Thanks for the pics.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Very true!

Cyndy Beardsley
Digital Ranger

That was a great explanation – Thank you

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Wonderful basic biological lessons! If all teachers were with you… absolutely stunning pictures and blog!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Kyle, All we can say is WOW! You took us on a journey into areas we had not yet explored! Of course we love seeing the stars (and Milky Way) on our trips to Londolozi, but your technical details pretty much “blew our minds!”. Did you have training in this field too? Thanks for a reminder of how small we really are!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Michael and Terri! Thanks so much, we have had some basic training but it is just something I am fascinated by, the unfathomable distances and scales alone are mindblowing!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wow Kyle … you are really trying to give the Professor a run for the money on his title of “Professor”!!! We found this dissertation absolutely fascinating and somehow humbling. We’ve never heard such an elegant and educational description of how we all arrived at this point in evolution and we found it fascinating and refreshing! It’s difficult to absorb the concept of the infinte-ness of our position in the universe and putting such massive numbers to it really makes one wonder if we are truly alone. Which, of course, is why we humans gravitate to a place where simplicity is the answer, Londolozi, and the concept of “ubuntu” is heart felt. Londolozi provides that return to the bedrock of our consciousness where we all can live in the wonder of nature harmoniously. This was a very refreshing wake-up call and one definitely unexpected. Thank you!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi B & L! I like that description of how we gravitate toward simplicity because we just can’t grasp (or sometimes even accept?) the massiveness of it all. Which in this instance, as in Londolozi and the concept of Ubuntu, can be so grounding.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Dear Kyle-what a great article . Watching the stars at night is really awesome. One realizes how tiny the earth is in comparison to the universe and we, the human beings, are like the tiniest atom on it, invisible in comparison to all this grandeur around us.
It is indeed incomprehensible -what is out there? What was before the universe came into existence and what will be if it ends in billion and billion years? Too big to think of, to understand. But fascinating.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

It is too big to think of but fun to try and wrap one’s head around!

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

So beautifully written and explained. Loved this! I have never understood how we were made up of stars and couldn’t get an explanation until you supplied it! Thank you for sharing this! I just saw a documentary called Welcome To Earth. Episode 5 was about the movement/time of Earth in our Galaxy. The visuals were absolutely gorgeous. I think with your mind you would appreciate it if you haven’t seen it already.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Johanna, I’m definitely going to look up “Welcome to Earth”!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

That article Kyle is really food for thought. I need to read this a few more times, but for now, I know I’m a speck in the universe. I only hope that before I return to the universe, I will have contributed something positive. Thank you for giving us something to ponder for once we stop expanding our minds, we begin to become complacent….

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

I hope I do too Denise!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

After our first visit to Londolozi in 2013, I returned home and used the word “insignificant'” when asked how I felt abou my trip. Your piece helps me to now better understand that feeling.
On our latest trip this year, we rolled down the airstrip in silence and marveled at the sky. Of all the wonderful memories of multiple trips, this one stands out.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Vin, I’m really glad you liked it. Thanks!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Great article thanks Kyle. We are insignificant compared to the universe and all the stars and different planets. To think that God created everything in and on the earth, and everything belongs to him. All these multitude of stars He created and named each and every one of them.

Paul Buchanan
Explorer

Very well-said! I enjoyed your description a lot. What do you think about the idea that the initiation of our solar system was the result of a preceding supernova in the same area? People use the evidence of Aluminum-26 to suggest. It’s decay products are found in some meteorites that represent material from early in solar system history. It was first suggested by G Srinivasan’s analysis (1999) of feldspars in the Indian eucrite Piplia Japan. You should check it out and let me know what you think. I worked on that meteorite myself a bit when it first fell. You have a very good perspective on the early formation of the universe and solar system. I love the skies at night in the bush in South Africa. You can see so many stars when you are away from the big cities. Has the big telescope in Namaqualand been completed yet?

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Paul, I haven’t heard of that theory but quite like the idea and definitely am going to do some more research into it. I have just read a short paper on it and it’s an interesting concept, one that I have heard of but not in regard to our solar system, that what sparked the gravitational coalescing of the matter in our solar system was the energy from a nearby supernova, and that the proof of that is in elements and isotopes that can only be formed under the influence of that much energy! Very cool! It’s also awesome that you yourself were working on that meteorite, something so ancient as to be not prehistoric but a pre-solar! On the Namaqualand telescope front, I’m not sure.

Jocelyn Berg
Digital Ranger

Amazing choice of photos. Thanks much appreciated

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A thought provoking blog Kyle. I actually love looking at the sky – the clouds, stars and moon. I have often wondered how humans actually “happened”. I know we were “created” but you have to wonder how. Some lovely pics in the blog also. Thanks for sharing this with us. A good read.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Leonie, I’m glad you had fun with it!! Thank you

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

Unfortunately, Kyle, it rained every night I was at Londolozi, so I never got to enjoy those extraordinary clear, star-filled skies that your pictures capture. However, in reading your comments, I am filled with awe of another nature. You can stop hoping you will make a difference in life. You already make the difference. Without you, the rest of us would not be alive and the world would not be what it is today – this moment and every moment from here until you become dust again. And, that goes for all of us. If you’d like to have that experience and the experience of the space of nothingness, of which you wrote, I suggest you do the Landmark Forum, offered by Landmark Worldwide. It is extraordinary for a lifetime of understanding that never gets old. My life has never been the same and it just keeps getting better, without adding more stuff to do, places to go and people to see – without the rat race, in other words. Please keep observing and sharing your observations. They are remarkable, yet the being of human beings is even more remarkable. Please let me know how it goes.

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