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Hawaiian Astronomical Society
Cosmic Poetry, Cosmic Thought
Have you ever wished upon a star? Or wondered how many there are? Or how far they are From where we are? Or if they really are Far From where we are. Have you ever really wished upon a star? I never did. I wonder what would happen . . . No matter. I'll find out when I am young again.
ODE TO A SINGULARITY
R. E. 'Keefe
Beyond the Event Horizon, I wonder what I will find -- God with an outstretched hand, or a no-Man's land? Will I be able to think, or will I be gone in a blink? Will I be stretched to a mile, or will I linger awhile? Will I be everywhere forever, or nowhere, and never? Do the answers lie in that dark matter? Was Einstein mad as a hatter? Why, we can't even imagine before Planck time, there's no reason, no rhyme. Is it best not to go? Perhaps it's better not to know... Is the universe cursed? It could be worse.
If the Earth is the size of a pea in New York, then the Sun is a beachball 50m away, Pluto is 4km away, and the next nearest star is in Tokyo. Now, shrink Pluto's orbit into a coffee cup; then our Milky Way Galaxy fills North America.
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