March 12, 2012
Look up. The objects in the clear evening sky appear so close and so bright I thought two aircraft were on a collison course. No...Venus and Jupiter are absolutely spectacular, almost too perfect, like a planetarium show. I'm an astronomy airhead. The solar system seems too overwhelming, frightening. Sure we can send up manned spacecraft and unmanned probes to observe...but not change. One of the science channels reported that if the axis of the earth as is faces the moon (or maybe it was the other way around) shifts a degree the effect on tides and weather would be dramatic. Photos of the earth taken from the moon make me want to hide under the bed with a package of Klondike bars. We are so small and IT, the universe, is so big. As a little girl I read not only Mary Poppins but all the classic science fiction about Mars, space travel, events against which man is helpless. I still can't watch movies where the moon or an asteroid the size of Texas gets closer, and closer, causing atmospheric havoc. Special effects don't help. However I did feel sorry for E.T. Poor little guy. At least the evening stars aren't threatening. Their brilliance takes my mind off college basketball which didn't exactly turn out as expected. But fair is fair. My beloved Blue Devils just couldn't keep it together....I mean, what was in FSU's Gatorade? I didn't feel a bit better when Carolina suffered a similar fate. At least State got invited to the prom. The final results are, shall we say, written in the stars. Look up.