11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space

I couldn’t stop looking at these!

I think this might give me the hope I was asking for after this morning’s post about the California drought.

Sometimes we just need a little perspective, am I right?

With galactic love,
~~~S Wave~~~

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1) The sun is incomprehensibly huge


We all know the sun is big. But this image, part of a great series on the size of astronomical objects by John Brady, underscores that it’s vast on a scale that’s simply impossible for our puny human minds to understand. We think of the Earth as a big place: flying around the equator on a 747 at top speed would take about 42 hours. Flying around the sun at the same speed, by contrast, would take about six months.

2) Even the moon is really far away

solar system

Compared with the overall vastness of space, the moon is very close to us: it’s just 238,900 or so miles away. But compared with our daily experience, absolutely everything in space is absurdly far apart. In the gap between us and the moon, you could neatly slide in all seven of the other planets —…

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Secondhand Wisdom for 2015 (or at least for January)

It’s been an odd 2015 so far. Challenging and unexpected feelings and events already taking place. I’m choosing not to read into it all that much. Things happen when they happen. There’s not ALWAYS a reason.

One event that I thought I would share with Life As a Wave readers pertains to my fabulous and feisty grandmother, ~~~M Wave~~~, nonagenarian and past contributor to Life As a Wave (check out her posts, What’s New With Being Old and Remembering a Sip of Cream). Just a few days ago she fell at her home and broke her arm so badly that she had to have surgery to reset it. That gave us all a good scare of course and a good post-holiday slap across the face to stop us from belly-aching about all the sugar we ate and remember instead what is really important.

One of the things I treasure the most about my grandmother is how she is still one of the first people I want to call when I’m at my wit’s end and need a strong female voice to pull me off the ledge. “What will I ever do without her??” I sometimes worry. Luckily we are both planners and we have already made a pact that no matter who goes first we will make our best effort to visit one another from the beyond. So that’s covered.

While I was visiting her from California this New Years she shared with me an analogy that she recently heard. I can’t remember where, so now it is just hers. 🙂 It goes like this…

Living life is like driving a car. Looking at your past is like using your rear view mirror…it is a small view and should only require a brief glance. Looking toward your future though is like looking out the windshield…the viewpoint is much larger and the looking quite longer. If you spend all your time looking in the rearview, you’ll surely crash. Move forward and enjoy the wide view of your future ahead. 

Photo by S Wave. Los Padres National Park

Photo by S Wave. Los Padres National Park

A little something to help us along through a new January, a new year and an ever new life. Happy New Year everyone! Keep looking forward and tell the people you love that you love them.

~~~S Wave~~~

Perspective: Past the Pale Blue Dot

Earth and Moon from 114 Million Miles (Photo source: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu)

Earth and Moon from 114 Million Miles (Photo source: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu)

Have you ever been so submerged in a problem or a struggle. It seems like there is no way over, around, under or through the surmountable task before you? There have been times when I have implored, “I need a different perspective! NOW! I’m blinded by circumstance!” Well, it may not be a complete paradigm shift…it may not be enlightenment…but here is a little message from me to myself. From me to you, as well. From Carl Sagan to all of us. Maybe from God to you if you feel it is so.

So take some deep, slow breaths. Let your awareness, or just your imagination, rise into the galactic level. Feel the universe humming with energy, vibration, connection between all things that are held together in some kind of mind-boggling, miraculous harmony. Now glance down at our little, wonderful world and see yourself there. Smile and wave at yourself. Tell yourself, “It will all be okay.”