I love looking at the stars.

Alas, as I live in the city, I don’t see stars on the day to day. It is one of the things that I dislike about living in a city.

But when I do get a change to see stars, I feel the connection to things greater than me, of being a small cog in an extremely large wheel.

Looking at the stars is like looking at the blank page of the computer screen. The possibilities are endless…

33 thoughts on “Bloganuary Day 31: How do you feel when you look at the stars?

  1. Beautiful!

    I remember taking a trip with my 4-year-old daughter and wanting to show her the beauty of the stars when we were away from the city. I woke her up in the middle of the night, carried her out to see the stars, pointed out the wonder and then tucked her back into bed. She remembered none of it in the morning… 🙂

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  2. I love contemplating what/who might be out there and of course all the science involved in figuring out the universe in general. I chose astronomy as a science elective because I always focus on biological sciences. One of the best and hardest classes I’ve ever taken. I’ve always thought showing a child the expanse of space with the never ending view of stars is a good way to illustrate the concept of infinity-behind every star is another and another.

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  3. This is so true. I just wrote a Monday message to the team about overwhelm and looking up at the stars as a way to remember how vast the universe is in relation to our problems and issues. And, to remember that we, like the universe, are also limitless. A lovely reflection, LA.

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  4. We live in the country now, not on light-saturated Long Island. The stars, especially on a cold winter night, are spectacular. Unfortunately, they are best on crisp, cold nights. I’ve intended to bundle up and sit outside for seven years, and I haven’t done it yet. I wish you were here to inspire me and sit with me to gaze at the heavens.

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  5. Yes, there is something quite extraordinary that happens when we look to the heavens. I personally feel connected to all those who came before me. As a child growing up in the Midwest I clearly remember my summers looking up at the evening sky. It was an adventure into the past. My family would visit my Uncle’s farm in central Ohio during the summers and the sky was so crisp and clear back in the mid 1950’s. During the cold winter months in Ohio, we took the sky indoors.

    My older brother received a home planetarium for his birthday one year, and he turned his bedroom into a planetary learning experience. We invited the kids from the neighborhood inside and we all would pile into his room (we covered the windows so it was really dark) and presto the constellations appeared on the ceiling. We all would call out their names as my brother took on the roll of teacher using the pointer that came with the large electronic global home planetarium. One of the best gifts ever. It became a family event. A large shiny black plug in sphere with tiny holes. When my brother clicked on various settings, planets, stars, different hemispheres appeared around the room. It simulated the sky at various times of the year. My brother and I became really good at recognizing the planets, stars etc.
    Now that I live in an over 50 senior condo, at certain times of the year, I will walk to the top floor of my building, look out on the outdoor walkway at the stars, moon, and various planets that can be seen in the sky. I still get a thrill. I imagine cave people looking up at the same stars. Young civil war soldiers glimpsing the night sky seeing what I see. Generations of human beings seeing the heavens and wondering …. It’s awe inspiring!

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  6. I just checked and they do still make them. The one we had actually looked fancier. I think it cost 50 dollars which in the 1950’s was a lot. My brother’s birthday is in December so he told my parents to combine Chanukah and his Birthday. He only wanted one gift because he knew it was expensive. We used that planetarium for years! Here are modern versions.


  7. This reminds me of the time I signed up for Astronomy 101 in college and then promptly dropped it when I found out there was tons of math involved. I don’t want to plot the stars’ trajectories, I want to gaze up at them in wonder and feel small and insignificant.

    At least our here, with plenty of wide-open spaces, there’s plenty of opportunity to do exactly that.

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    1. One of my best vacation memories was going to the top of a volcano on big island. Hawaii at sunset, and the group we were with brought out this awesome telescope. Rings of Saturn and all the other good stuff…

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  8. I never paid much attention to the stars, they were just something that were out there. I had a fascination for space travel, but that was it. Then I started taking walks after dark while talking to someone who was driving around Wales. He used to describe the night sky which was completely without light pollution, and I started seeing their beauty as a result. Whenever I contemplate the stars now, I think of him.

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  9. I love gazing at the stars! We live in the country and on a winter night they are mesmerizing. Most of the time I noticed them when I’m coming home but I don’t purposely allot time to do it. It makes me feel so tiny…

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