Star Gazing

I love star gazing. In my college days, I almost backed home at midnight and loved to spent an hour or two, laid on the the grass watching the stars. Even the stars not really bright because I lived in the city, but still, they were beautiful.

Then, I experienced once, sailed across the Macassar strait and stayed at research vessel for 30 days. At those days, I spent my night, went to the ship deck and watched a millions stars in the sky. It was like a blanket laid in the sky with bright beads on it. Amazing.

Another my favorite was laid on the sand, looked up to the sky, while enjoy the sea breeze and hear the waves hit the beach.  Tremendous feeling, to see how great God create this universe.

Prof. Brian Cox, my idol nowadays, explain in his programs, aired in BBC, Wonders of Life and Wonder of the Universe, how we directly connected to this nature and created as part of this universe.

Why are we here? Where do we come from? These are the most enduring of questions. And it’s an essential part of human nature to want to find the answers.

We can trace our ancestry back hundreds of thousands of years to the dawn of humankind. But in reality, our story extends far, further back in time. Our story starts with the beginning of the universe. It began 13.7 billion years ago, and today, it’s filled with over a hundred billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.

Prof. Brian Cox opening narration-

Maybe that´s why, we easily staring to the stars. Because every inch of our flesh…is the universe.

..

There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand, hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean. There is something like an ancient wisdom, encoded and tucked away in our DNA, that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmon knows its creek. Intellectually, we may not want to return there, but the genes know, and long for their origins—their home in the salty depths. But if the seas are our immediate source, the penultimate source is certainly the heavens… The spectacular truth is—and this is something that your DNA has known all along—the very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on—were initially forged in long-dead stars. This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards. We are star stuff. Keep looking up

– Neil de Grasse Tyson

And yes, we are star stuff.

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