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NIGHT SKY RAMBLINGS #1 (2019-20)

Well, well, well. 

It’s been almost seven months since my last Night Sky Ramblings post.

For all the people who are new to this, NSR is basically just a post of me talking about a plethora of different things in my life right now. You can basically get to know me better. And, I do it underneath a wonderfully starry night sky. Hence, the name.

Let’s get to it. Music: Earth View from ISS – Live Feed

So, a lot has happened since the last Night Sky Ramblings. I’ve really gone into heavy editing of my first book, The Shadowverse, and now it’s already done. I’ve also started the sequel. I have over 65k in it, and so far it’s going well. Much different from the first one, I’ll say that.

As for the past few weeks, what hasn’t happened? I’m starting to prepare for college and really getting mathematics and science under my belt, because I’m seriously considering going into engineering, specifically aeronautical engineering. And guess what? You need to have a good foundation in math. Luckily, despite only being decent to above average in it, I have always adored the subject. The more you do it, the more you can see its fingerprint in everything around you. It’s impossible to miss.

I’ve also actually got a job at Chick-Fil-A, which is going very well. It’s a REALLY busy one…one of the busiest in the United States. But I really like it and the pace keeps me always occupied. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve also met a fellow CFA employee who somehow is writing his own superhero book. Like, how is that possible? Such a coincidence it almost seems intentional.

Well, oof, I just looked up again. The sky is exceptionally dark right now, and luckily, thanks to my telescope, I’ve been trekking through the universe every night for the past week or so. And boy, those cold temperatures make everything better. I usually turn my gaze to the Orion constellations, but also Taurus. There are incredibly deep, vast star systems that pop up once you check out those areas. Soon, I’m going to be modding my scope with a new, wider eyepiece (1.25 inches instead of .98), and purchase a narrowband light filter, which will, per the name, reduce the light interference on the mirrors. So you might start seeing pictures of the stars in these NSR’s.

It’s actually kind of funny. I can relate with Johnny Sparks now, because in the past 5 months, I’ve undergone more life changes than the past 18 years of my existence on this blue dot called Earth. All thanks to God for keeping me going, because I’d likely be in a pretty crappy place if it weren’t for Him.

You know what sucks? I feel like people my age are missing out. They’re so concerned with earthly materials and totally disregard the bigger scope of reality. I believe if even ten percent of my generation would find a true love for the night sky, they’d not only learn a lot about the universe, but about themselves too. Just a small amount of people would be enough to create a change for the better, because when you look into infinity, you realize how much of a joke everyday stresses are.

Just think about it. You, me, we’re somewhere on this planet, whether it be the countrysides, ocean islands, enormous urban cities, or suburban areas. And we all have different issues. But when you look up into the infinity of the cosmos, it all dissipates. There are 200,000,000,000 galaxies out there (probably way more), many of them way larger than ours. Each can hold from 10 million to more than 1 trillion stars, and likely several hundred billion planets spread over 13 billion years. That’s a lot. Seems like those issues are nothing now, right? It’s because man was born to explore, to be pioneers, not to sit on Earth and fight all the time. At least, that’s how I imagine it should’ve gone. But that’s a paragraph for another time.

Anyway, as the meme goes, I’mma head out. If you read until the end, then, wow. You’re a real trooper. Thanks a lot, I hope it helped you as much as it helped me to write this. I’m really happy that Night Sky Ramblings are back, and I think the stars are too.

 

-JC

 

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