What was it that Henry Poincare used to say, “astronomy is important because it raises us above ourselves” and how we can embrace the whole dazzlingly immensity of the universe whereas the body is only a vessel containing our intelligent mind.
Let us go back into time when Ptolemy’s geocentric theory was adopted by everyone. A motionless planet in the center of the universe with dark, slightly gleaming spots of water and an abrupt, contrasting transition from the light-colored surface to the absolutely black sky in space. The earth as it is known comprised of imperfect material which was ever-changing. Round solid spheres made of crystalline, transparent substance orbited around the earth in circles.
However later this was proved incorrect and the heliocentric theory came into being. As evident from the name, ‘helio’ referred to the sun. A glowing medallion of scorching hot gases surround by planets was the centre of the universe. A glinting orris-silver halo, with depressions in it surrounded the earth, later entitled as the ‘Moon’. It channeled the light of the blazing sun onto the earth under the starry sky and returned it during daytime.
Johannes Kepler later discovered that the planets moved around the fiery sun in elliptical orbits and not circular ones. Thus the blazing, saffron sun no longer remained the epitome of God in the universe because it was proved to be at one focus of the ellipse rather than at the center. This was quite similar to a merry-go-around which slanted towards the point which held more weight. As the celestial fireball sent charges of energy outside, the planets got attracted towards it and started orbiting it.
Galileo Galilei concluded that the universe seemed to be composed of material similar to that of earth rather than a perfect and unchanging substance. Isaac Newton revealed that the universe was one huge regulated machine that operated according to natural laws in absolute time, space, and motion. These scientists confirmed the magnificence to the unknown galaxy and revealed its most prominent characteristics.
Now that I look up, I see clouds and their light shadows on the distant light blue sky as they descend into oblivion, as the sun sets. The sun no longer burning like Titans fiery wheel in the sky brings a rich colour spectrum as the dark blue aureole in the sky gradually darkens, turning turquoise, violet and finally coal black. The glimmering sun has set and the moon, a wraith-silver disc hangs in the lonely sky. I was beguiled by the beauty as lasers of moonlight, as bright as diamond-flame, landed in the shimmering water.
I discovered yet again that I was nothing compared to the wonders of the word but in the eyes of the people who loved me, I was the brightest shining star in the whole universe. A star was nothing in comparison to the silver-bullet moon and Gods morning star.