Monday, 13 August 2012

The Stars Above

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. 
Vincent Van Gogh

1. Stars in Scorpius, NASA 2. Unknown 3. NGC 1333, a cloud in Pegasus, NASA 4. Spitzer's Orion NASA, JPL-Caltech, J. Stauffer  5. Stargazing, by Hannah Harding


The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
Psalm 104: 2-3

I've been learning the stars and constellations for a couple of years now, I don't know a lot but I know more than you (unless you're a scientist or something, oh hey!) They fascinate me; the way if you lie on your back and stare up at them for long enough you lose sense of gravity and feel like you're falling through them. At first they're just like a mass of shining spots, but after a while they become familiar faces; Orion, Cassiopeia, Ursus Major, Pegasus, the Winter Triangle... are like old friends to me now, I love it when I see them in the sky. There's so many questions I have, and most of them are totally unanswerable, but stars remind me to consider new possibilities, and to keep looking up.

P.S We're currently having the biggest meteor shower of the year, so if you're out after dark keep your gaze fixed starward.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip! Hope I haven't missed it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Should be ongoing til the end of August. I'm hoping the clouds will clear so I can see some!

    ReplyDelete