With these pleasant spring nights, it’s relaxing to lie on the grass or lawn chair and stare up at the stars. It feels like we are lying on a nice flat surface looking up at the stars overhead. BUT WE”RE NOT!

Let’s try this again. The next time you have a few minutes and are willing to let your mind be free and except reality, do this:

Before looking “up” at the twinkling stars close your eyes and think about these facts.

We are not on a stable flat surface at all. That is an illusion. Understand that you are stuck to the side of a sphere hurtling through space an incredible speeds. You are spinning around at 1000 miles per hour. While you are spinning around you are also flying around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. You and the sun are also moving around the galaxy and our galaxy is drifting through intergalactic space.

Now, open your eyes. You are not looking up but out at the vastness of space. You and I are in the cockpit of a giant spaceship on the ride of our lives. Forget about stability, we are being pressed against this sphere by gravity.  Hang on!

What a ride!  Who needs Magic Mountain?

Milky Way

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5 Responses to OUT THERE

  1. Davyd Morris says:

    Since I am a total wimp motion-sickness-wise, I choose to believe in the “looking up” view of outer space. 🙂

  2. Anna Stewart says:

    Me! Me! I need Magic Mountain! Just had my oldest niece bending my ear about the virtues of MM yesterday (she’d just been for a field trip)…was extremely jealous and am already making vague plans to kidnap both her and her mother for a daredevils’ vacation to the land of rollercoaster dreams and screams…hehe…the rest of the family are wimps! That said…I may have to read your blog to the aforementioned wimps of the family…if only to watch their faces go green, green, oh so very green! I loved your description…gave my a heart just a hint of that rollercoaster thrill. And it really is amazing to think about…that everything we think stationary, solid, reliable is just one more whizzing wonder in space. Love it! 🙂

    • bakoheat says:

      Thanks Anna. When I was a kid I loved roller-coasters. I would ride them all day with my Grandma (yeah, another thing my grandma anna loved) There’s a 100 year old wooden roller coaster in Santa Cruz, right on the ocean sand, that I still love to ride. However, I’ve tried the “new” super-speed, go upside-down, twisting, jerking, Magic Mountain coasters and I walk around sea-sick all day with a bad headache. I guess my middle-ear don’t like them. I wish I could, but no more. Space Mountain in Disney is about as wild as I can get now.

  3. joanraymondwriting says:

    When I think about all of the scientific facts of our space journey, it’s a bit intimidating – but totally cool at the same time. I’m a true wimp when it comes to scary rides. We passed Magic Mountain last week on the way to San Diego. My older son pointed out all of the newest rides and how much he loved them. It made me dizzy just to watch them from a distance. My last trip to MM I rode some log ride that tickled my tummy and that was enough excitement for me. Even the (little) drop on Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland was almost too much years ago. Yes, I know. I’m a wimp. 🙂

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