Monday, 21 December 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Another year has gone! The planet spins 365 times and takes us around its star. The star is the Sun, one of 300,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The planets Sun carries all travel through space as we chase after Deneb, the tail of Cygnus the Swan. We are all on that journey, once around in 250,000,000 years.

Since we came to being out of dust and gas, we have been around the great galactic carousel ride twenty times. Last time we were 'here', one galactic orbit ago, animals crawled out of the womb of the ocean. One quarter orbit back, not so long ago, the dinosaurs where wiped out by a rock only twice the width of Manhattan. And only two orbits back, out of twenty, single celled life got together for the first time to make organisms.

In each of our bodies, there are far more cells than stars in the Milky Way: organized thoughts, abstract reasoning, law, music, mathematics, goals and feelings strung together and passed on space.

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!


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