Billions and Billions

I’ve spent hours looking over the water, wishing for a glimpse of what is on the other side. Lake Erie was the body of water of my childhood dreams, and even knowing Canada was on the other side, I longed to sail, or swim to that distant shore.  Dad and I spent many hours on the water talking about sailing out of sight of land and all the way to Canada.

We had driven to Canada when we visited Niagara Falls.  We wondered how they handled crossing from U.S. waters into Canadian waters, and guess they probably waited until docking to check documents.  This was before the internet.  We could have found out with a trip to the library, but Mom totally freaked over the idea of her baby being taken out of sight of land in our tiny sailboat.

I have crossed oceans, visited foreign countries, and still have the desire to explore the unknown.  I visit worlds beyond the stars through science fiction.  I stare into the night sky at the billions and billions of stars and wonder about other worlds.

Sailing away from the city lights, on a clear moonless night, gazing into the sky it seems you can see millions of stars.  That is only fancy.  You can actually only see a fraction of the stars in the heavens.  The normal fraction of stars we can see at night is shrinking with our use of the artificial light we surround ourselves with at night.

The artificial light seen on earth from space is called light pollution, because it interferes with our ability to view the stars.  We extend our reach to the stars with technology, and someday, we ourselves will travel to other worlds, meet other beings and discover new lands.

Until that far distant future, I will continue to dream.

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    1. Are you saying light pollution? I am always amazed how one porch light makes a difference when looking at stars. Had a neighbor always leave it on, and it shined into my bedroom window. A motion activated light works well for security.

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