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A Typical Night Out With The Stars

Updated on May 25, 2012

I pack my bag and head out into the starry night. It is a Saturday night but no hot date for me tonight. Instead, I have a date with a star - actually, many stars.

It is nearly an hour later when I reach my viewing gallery. I put down my backpack and lay out my groundsheet right in the middle of the clearing. I switch off my mobile phone and make sure that the only visible light source are the stars and the luminous glow of my watch.

Using my pack as a pillow, I lay down on the groundsheet and gaze up at the night sky - the same night sky that countless men in the centuries before me have seen.

I think about the prehistoric men and wondered what they must have thought about the stars. If I forget about everything I know about the stars, it won't be too hard to think of the night sky as just one big gigantic roof, with the stars being tiny holes in the roof, allowing you to see what lies beyond.

I wonder if they thought the sun was just another hole in the canopy. I wonder what they thought was on the other side. Was it salvation or damnation? In the modern day, a bright light is good, but the fires of Hell will probably burn pretty bright as well.

I think about Galileo Galilei, the father of modern astronomy, and of how he ripped the Earth from the center of the universe. I wonder why the church tried to suppress his works. If they were so confident in the truth of their scripture, why not let Galileo have his say, as it will be a matter of time before he is proven wrong.

I think about the present day in which the Earth, our Sun, and even our galaxy, has been relegated to the status of an average planet, orbitting an average star in an average galaxy. And I wonder why it was so important that we remain at the center of our universe.

I start to think of the future, a future in which I will be but a memory, a future a thousand years from now. I wonder what it will be like. Will we have destroyed ourselves, and the Earth along with us? Or will the world have entered a golden age, a world in which Miss World contestants have to find a new cause to fight for.

Whatever happens, I realize that those on the future Earth will be looking at the same sky and the same stars that I am looking at right now. It gives me a bit of comfort, a little sense of eternity. I feel as if this frail little body can transcend the gulf of time, and be there with them as they look out into the night sky - my night sky.

I think about the second law of thermodynamics, the law that says everything in the universe will run down, and whether it is a law that cannot be broken. I think about a time many, many billions of years hence. It will be a much dimmer universe, with many stars having burnt out and what is left will be spread further apart. Our Earth will be long gone, swallowed up by our Sun, which is now glowing with a dim red light.

I wonder if that is how it will all end.

Suddenly, I smile. I am thinking of a short story written by Isaac Asimov titled "The Last Question". it is a story first published in 1956 but is still so very topical today. It tells of a computer tasked to find a way to beat the second law of thermodynamics, to find a way to stop the universe from running down. Through the many ages of men, it pondered but can offer no solution. But finally, right at the very end, it found a way.

And I wonder if that is how it will all begin again.

Anyway, it is getting really cold and the clouds are starting to roll in. I pack up my groundsheet and start walking home. Tonight, in my nice warm bed, I will dream of cavemen, and stars, and a Miss World without a cause.

And I wonder what I will think about on my next date with the stars.


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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Facts About Earth - I would really like to see a world in which Miss World has to find a new cause to fight for. But I doubt that I'd live to see it. :(

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      Facts About Earth 7 years ago

      "And a Miss World without a cause" ... hilarious! Thanks for the read. Neat stuff. :)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Everyone should do that once in a while - we are just too connected nowadays.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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      vivien880119 8 years ago from China

      just like a magic at night~lonely but romantic~only you and the imaginary world

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Got it! No talking about stars unless I'm talking about them. :)

      And you definitely should write a hub on how to impress a girl. And while you are at it, you probably should also write one on how to get a girl out in the first place. :)

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      Trust me, girls don't want to feel like they're in a lecture hall when they go on a date. All your smart--keep it to yourself and impress them when they least expect it. In the meantime, enjoy them for who they are and it wouldn't hurt to appear totally enamored by them.

      Hey, looks like this is turning into a date-counseling forum. I know you'll do well. Maybe, I should write a hub on how to impress a girl, from a girl's perspective?

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Ahhh, so that's it!

      When on a date, I'd spend the whole night talking about the stars.  I would start by naming a star and then talking about what type of star it is, how far away, and the constellation.  Then I'd start talking about more interesting topics like quasars, black holes and even time travel sometimes.  Well, you get the idea.  I was hoping to impress them with my knowledge and intelligence.  Usually, they didn't seem too impressed.

      While, all along, all I needed to do was to ask them about themselves and let them do the talking.  :)

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      You've got it--girls like to know that they are the center of the Universe or you're star-strucked by them. Enjoy and don't say I didn't give you good advice:)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, I'll try. And I guess I should also show a little bit more interest in them rather than just talking about the stars all the time. :)

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      I know it's hard to find a good date but maybe---if you can imagine they are as good as the stars you love to watch, things may look up.

      Now, go and find a date--there are many out there.

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      If any of my dates were only half as good, I'd get married in a second. :)

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 8 years ago

      A real good date--the stars speak to you and make you feel good about yourself. What more can you ask of your date/dates?

      I love looking at stars--truly magical and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.


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