Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Universe is Pretty Big

That's an understatement. On these cool December evenings, it's really nice to step outside and look up. Of course, I live in Florida, so we're talking about the 50s. That's why I use the word "cool" and not "cold." But back to the universe. When you look at the stars, and you think about how far away they are, and how long it took the photons that are setting off electrical signals from your retinas to the visual centers in your brain to reach you, you feel small. But you also feel awe. And wonder. What's especially awe-inspiring is looking through binoculars or a telescope at a big planet like Saturn or Jupiter, and a tiny point of light, just like all the others, resolves into a disc, with features, like rings, or moons. I like to think about the universe and its magnificence because it adds something special to my day-to-day existence. It helps me keep things in perspective. How about you? Care to comment? Anyway, here's a link to a very nice web site that explains, in words and graphics, just about anything you want to know about the universe. If you have kids, they would probably like it too. Click here to go there.