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The question of the moment is, “How do you feel when you look at the stars?” Often, I look at the night sky and feel like Charlie Brown crying out into the night, “I’m significant!” in one cartoon panel and in the next saying, “Screamed the dust speck.”
On the other hand, I mostly see the night sky as a thing of beauty and magnificence beyond our comprehension. Certainly, we can speak of lightyears, galaxies, novas, dark stars, comets, planets, and the possibility of life on other worlds.
The reality is even the most studied and educated astronomers, astrophysicists, and others cannot be certain what is out there or how it came to be. Yes, there is evidence that many quote attempting to support one theory or another. Still, the reality is a bit different.
There are certainly scientific principles that seem set in stone. Yet, new information arises regularly on various issues, and likely will continue to arise as more sophisticated instruments, recent studies, and new phenomena are noticed. In 2021 alone, discoveries involving two black holes supported the theories of two noted scientists. Yet, there is still the possibility some future findings will alter the latest results.
So, until the first Celestial Being or little green humanoid shows up on one of the morning shows, I’ll revel in the beauty and magnificence of the Milky Way, the constellations, and meteors spending their last few moments of existence, entertaining me and others who love the night.
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