Sunday, February 21, 2010

February Moon

© 2010 Constance Hobbs. All rights reserved.

The moon was visible  from my bed last night. It was a crescent shape and the clouds moved across its face with no particular destination. As the moon illuminated the night I tried to imagine its entirety, out there in space, orbiting around the earth. The earth simply hanging out there, all on its own, orbiting around the sun. Did you know that the moon is 384,403 kilometres or 238,857 miles away. The moon makes a complete orbit around the earth every 29.5 days (taking into consideration the earths rotation around the sun as well). The moon is extremely cold and space is a very hostile environment to humans compared with earth. What an amazing fact. 

© 2010 Constance Hobbs. All rights reserved.

All of this life is the result of the big bang. Of course its a theory but apparently the best one so far.  If the big bang is correct, and we can use that as a marker for the beginning of time, was there anything before the big bang? What may have existed before? Anything? Nothing? What is nothing? Can you imagine nothing, no-thing? As I tried to imagine nothing, the thought occurred to me that If everything came from nothing, then the concept or reality of nothing is everything. Nothing must contain everything. Paradoxical. Pretty weird no? Think about the color black. It absorbs all light, all color. Black is the result, the totality of all color, everything and yet it is black, nothing. Is the idea of nothing like the color black? Everything and nothing at the same time. So, I lay in bed last night trying to make some sense of it all. I really should know better by now. Life is a mystery and there simply are no answers. But its a lot of fun to think about.

1 comment:

Paz said...

"The reality of nothing is everything" interesting! And it's true, black is the combination of ALL colors...really makes you think. It's amazing how staring up at the sky can spark so many questions. I absolutely LOVE your second picture of the moon by the way. It's great.