As cottagers, we are always looking up at the night sky, star-gazing, watching falling stars, and satellites and planes flying overhead. The cottage, because of it’s location away from the lights of the city, is a fantastic place to watch the sky and stars. The stars and the moon appear much brighter and clearer in the cottage sky, particularly in winter. I love standing in the front yard, staring up at the sky, listening to the quiet, or perhaps the occasional howl of a family of coyotes living across the lake from us.
When I was a younger lad, two of my friends and I would have a campfire every night during our summer stays at the cottage. As the night grew late, we would lay on the old picnic table that my Dad had built, and watch the sky, looking at the stars, spotting falling stars, and trying to figure out the constellations. It was a great way to pass the warm summer nights, watching the stars, listening to Elton John singing “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” on the ‘tape player’ and…..well…I am really dating myself here and digressing…back to the sky.
I still love to look up, to stare at the night sky and I still do it, whenever I can, but to be honest, it’s beyond me. Sure, I can point out the North Star and The Big Dipper and Little Dipper, but that’s about the extent of it. I am not even close to an amateur astronomer.
What’s amazing about it all to me is the enormity, vastness beyond anyone’s comprehension. (At least beyond the comprehension of the half drunk cottagers that I hang around with….)
The idea that there are other worlds “out there” intrigues me no end, and I must admit to being a believer, which means I also believe in UFO’s at least on some level. I know enough about the universe and UFO stories, facts and fiction, to know that I really don’t know anything, so I like to err on the side of caution, and believe….You have to be quite short sighted to believe we are all that there is, that this thing we call ‘life’ and ‘earth’ only exist here. That to me, is like believing that there is no water in the Desert, just because you can’t see it…it’s there, it’s just hidden.
The Hubble Telescope has been up in the sky taking pictures for sometime, and what it is seeing is really quite fascinating. There are universes out there beyond us, that could be the same as our own, perhaps crawling with people just like us, who are standing somewhere now, staring up at their night sky, wondering if there is anyone else out there.
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