I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this, but I’ll tell you anyway. When I first thought about this, my mind was blown away to the beautiful and amazing fact: The night sky is a million moments.
What I mean by this is quite fairly simple. Let’s start with the science: Light travels at the speed of 300.000 km per second. 1 light year is the distance light travels in a year, and that is approximately 9.5 trillion kilometers.
Now, let’s talk about the stars. The nearest star to the earth is Proxima Centauri, which is around 4000 light years away. So, what I’m trying to say is, the light we see at night from this particular star is 4000 years old! There are countless of stars with its varying distance to the earth. The light of two stars that we see at night are pretty much lights from different times; how amazing is that.
So, the next time you look at the night sky, remember this: You are witnessing lights that are thousands of years old and even perhaps, millions of years old; you’re looking into the past through the light of a star. Who knows, the star you’re seeing might even has died ages ago. You are watching different moments of the universe; all accumulated in your eyes.
The night sky is very underrated at times. I hope you realize this amazing fact the next time you gaze upon it.