Culture | Stargazing

Shall We Sparkle?

“The last stars will die out 120 trillion years from now (at most) followed by 10^106 years of just black holes.Condensed, that’s like the universe starting with 1 second of stars and then a billion billion billion billion billion billion billion years of just black holes.Stars are basically the immediate after-effects of the Big Bang….

Astronomy | Lifestyle | Nature | Stargazing

The Aurora Dash

The Aurora Borealis visited Southern New Hampshire again last night. I know it because reliable sources told me so, not because I actually saw it myself. But I dashed outside, cursed the bright Waxing Gibbous moon and the neighbors for their inclination to leave outdoor lights on and sought out the darkest parts of the…

Poetry | Learning | Stargazing

Moments and Answers

Aren’t there moments that are better than knowing something, and sweeter? At 4:30 in the morning, I realized I was unable to sleep any longer as I became increasingly aware of the fan tap-tap-tapping me to alertness. This wake-up hour is becoming a disturbing trend, and I fought it as long as I felt reasonable…

Astronomy | Culture | Family | Stargazing

There All Along

For the last few weeks Orion has greeted me in the dark beginnings of the day, reminding me that he’s been waiting all along for me to see him again. Like an old friend, mostly, who has entered the scene after some time away. Or maybe we are the ones re-entering the scene. So much…

Birds | Culture | Stargazing

The Birds and Stars Remind

Let’s face it, the days between the US National Election and the events of January 6th were some of the craziest we’ve ever witnessed in our lifetimes. Not since 9/11 have I been so angry and distracted as I was on the afternoon of January 6th, 2021. And it can be easy to wrap yourself…

Habits | Poetry | Stargazing

The Door is Round and Open

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want.Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forthacross the doorsillwhere the two worlds touch. The door is round and open.Don’t go back to sleep.” – Rumi The moon’s luminescence cut long, deep…