Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Have you seen the stars?

How long has it been since you've seen the stars at night?

I mean, really see the stars.

To look up and be struck in awe and won
der and mystery.

And now, with our present level of knowledge, to know that space just goes on and on and on and on, and there are literally billions of stars like our sun out there.

To try and comprehend that....

If you click on the pic below, it should open up to a larger one. Doesn't come anywhere near the actual
experience of being in the open on a dark and starry night, but still....

Here in the city, there is so much light pollution about all you can see is the moon, Venus, Mars, the North Star, and just a few others. Barely. I remember star-stuffed skies when I was growing up in East Texas. We'd see the occasional meteor streaking across the sky, and sometimes something moving slowly among the stars.

Just laying in the field and gazing at the sky.

I just got the goosebumps again.

And here are a few other images that the caveman probably could not imagine.

If you click the earth below, it should get a lot bigger.

...and our sun, giver of life...

...and here's a pretty cool video I found on You Tube that gives a glimpse of how big the universe is.

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