A Moment of Stars

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
—Neil deGrasse Tyson

All photographs are courtesy of NASA and their APOTD Archive.
Click on each of the photos to learn more about what you’re seeing.

Pluto! Does the lighter part look more like Mickey’s Pluto or a heart to you?

35 thoughts on “A Moment of Stars

    1. Isn’t it? 😀

      I really don’t know what I’m going to do with it. I’m working on another novel now and I have ideas for some other things as well. I like Wattpad, so I figured I’d try that out and see if I find an audience that way.

          1. I’m trying to leave this message, This is an awesome opening salvo in what promises to be an epic story. The writing is gorgeous but the comments thingy isn’t playing nice 😦

          2. I’m stumped. I posted a comment on someone else’s story yesterday. I don’t have anything in my settings to turn comments on or off. Maybe it’s just a weird glitch. Thank you for trying, John.

  1. Awesome! Truly, that’s a great read. You have such a wonderful way in crafting sentences and exciting the imagination. “Folders thickened by years of school essays, research programs, and diagrams….” is a painting made form words.

    The story is excellent. “we are charged with being the conscience that science does not have”… that’s it, right there. All the elements are in place for what promises to be a (potentially violent) roller coaster ride, the world has been invented, and Adela is alive.

    Is the graduation the furthest you gotten into this?

      1. It’s hard to sign off on the chapters, isn’t it? They’re never quite “ready,” never quite “finished.”

        Well, from an independent set of eyes, what you have their in those 4 chapters is marvellous. The stirrings of a great story.

  2. I saw a picture of Pluto where someone drew the eyes, nose, and ears to make it look like the Disney Pluto, and now it’s the only thing when I see that picture.

    Still, awesome photos. I can’t wait for the new space telescope to get up and running so I can see pictures of exoplanets. How freaking cool will that be?

  3. That is a wonderful quote Madalyn, and it reminds me of a somewhat similar one in David Darling’s splendid book “Equations of Eternity”:

    “You are roughly eighteen billion years old and made of matter that has been cycled through the multimillion-degree heat of innumerable giant stars. You are composed of particles that once were scattered across thousands of light-years of interstellar space, particles that were blasted out of exploding suns and that for eons drifted through the cold, starlit vacuum of the galaxy. You are very much a child of the cosmos.”

  4. I always love your posts! And I’m beyond excited that you published some chapters for us to feast on. I’ve signed up for Wattpost – just for you.

    I’ve only read the first page but what can I say that everyone already hasn’t? You paint pictures with words, sparking the imagination. I love how you’ve crafted a story based on your background and a future most of us couldn’t picture without you. I look forward to reading more!

      1. I have to ask, because I know you’re still writing your novel, is this still a draft? I know a lot of novels undergo serious transformations along the way (including my own works).

        Honestly, I don’t think we writers are ever completely satisfied with our work. 🙂

        1. I’m definitely never satisfied. This is pretty much the final product, I think. I’m making small edits here and there as I post it, but that’s about it. Once I decide what I’m ultimately going to try to do with it, I might hire an editor. I’m indecisive about it.

          1. I would try a reading group before an editor. If you’ve never heard of Nanowrimo.org, then you should check them out.

            And of course, and this is time-consuming but so worth the effort, read your novel aloud. That goes a long way. Good luck either way!

          2. I’m interested in a reading group, but I’m having a hard time fitting it into my schedule. NaNoWriMo is wonderful. I’ve been too immersed in other stuff to make an effort the last few years, but maybe this year. I definitely read aloud and it does help. Thank you for the tips. 🙂

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