Our office neighbour brought in a pair of special glasses this week, allowing us to gaze on the once in a lifetime event of Venus crossing the Sun with our own eyes. What we saw was a tiny black spec foreground by a large orange ball, yet we couldn’t stop staring.
For most of us, all that stuff that goes on up in space is so far removed from our everyday lives that we separate it out completely from our existence here on Earth. Like buying steak from the supermarket, we take for granted the complex system which actually makes our environment possible.
This bout of midweek philosophy had the following effects: 1) making me want to go out and buy one of those rotating galaxy models you find in primary schools, and 2) watching endless ‘educational’ space videos on the internets.