One of the first warm nights of the spring season brought me out of doors while the night was new to gaze into the cosmos. The sky was so clear and the breeze so light – it was like a little gift from the universe. The moon, Jupiter, Mars and Venus were all there with me. Staring at those twinkling planets – communing with the universe – brought a feeling of happiness and exhilaration upon me – the result of knowing that I am walking talking coincidence of universal imperfection.
Reminders of the origin of life have regaled me of late. First there is was the slew of storms and tornados that swept the midwest. That storm was followed by a beautiful night sky displaying sparkly red Mars and twinkly white Venus in their naked beauty. Then video shot by NASA of a Solar Storm on the Sun sending a disruptive cloud of subatomic charged particles hurtling toward Earth. Watching the force of a solar flare explosion make the whole Sun shiver moved me. (Literally I was jumping around my living room shouting, “It’s just so awesome. I so want to go there! Almost.”)
Video credit: NASA
It takes just take a few random variables put together in the correct sequence to remind one how big the universe is, and how small the universe is. Life is a big deal. Having the ability to live and think and reason and imagine what life can be – knowing that the same forces that caused the big bang, created everything, and hold together the nuclei and their electrons in their orbitals so that I can type this post just makes me feel enormous.
And topping off all of this feel-good, atheistic revelry came a video by Max Schlickenmeyer that almost brought me to tears.
Video credit: Max Schlickenmeyer
I owe a lot to the fervid mass of plasma that spit out the heavy particles that form me. Thank you Supernova!