Several years ago, I took the boys to an outdoor telescope viewing event on a dark night. We saw a bunch of stars through the telescope. One of the stars (I forgot which one it is) was so gorgeous.
Adi asked the astronomer how long had the light taken to travel from the star to the telescope. The astronomer said it was approx 35 years. Both Adi and I were fascinated with this.
Adi said “Amma, this light that we are seeing right now probably left that star right about the time you were born”.
I was quite amazed at the star, the astronomer, the fact that he had shared and Adi’s observation.
Today morning, the sun rays came streaming into our living room and Adi was trying to capture some videos of it for a DIY google cardboard project (at least that is what I think it is).
I asked him “Dey Adi, how long did it take for this sun ray to travel from the sun?”
As always, he rattled of some numbers in astronomical units, start describing about photons and how fast light travels.
Given the impatient jerk I am, I interrupted him.
“Adi, please da, cut to the chase. Give it to me in simple numbers.”
He responded “8 minutes.”
I said “WHAT? REALLY? Just 8 minutes?”
I am sure that I have studied this fact in some science course long time ago. But, have forgotten it.
Anyways, I didn’t believe him. So, I googled it.
He was right. It takes approx 8 minutes and 20 seconds for sun rays to reach the earth.
There is lots of issues we face every day, week, month, year.
I am continuing to battle Adi s allergy issues that is taking a terrible turn since last Tuesday.
But, in the bigger scheme of things, and what a small part we are of this great big expanding universe, all the challenges we face seem minuscule. Does it not?
Today, as you are out and about, look at the sun rays and marvel at it.
It traveled 93,000,000 miles (150 million kilometers) at a speed of 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second just to meet you….right at that moment you looked up to marvel at it.
Now that I have had a chance to marvel at the sun rays, I will get off my pulpit and go back to do my mom-worrying about Adi’s terrible allergies.
Happy Friday and Happy Earth Day!