Friday Finds a Supernova
If ever there were a week that I needed to escape into the splendor of the cosmos, this was it. Thankfully, the week began with Neil DeGrass Tyson's Cosmos. And midweek I found myself transported by Bad Astronomy to a galaxy far, far away to a supernova that had died a long,long time ago. Let's go there together:
It was stunning. Photons from the expanding blast wave of that exploded star had traveled for a dozen million years across the empty reaches of intergalactic space, then for a millisecond through our atmosphere, then a nanosecond through my telescope, to finally fall into my eye and register as a blip of electrical impulse in the neurons of my brain. For a moment, I had made a physical connection with a distant star across the Universe. via Bad Astronomy
So remember kids, next time the dog days get you down, let the stars pick you up.