I saw Eternity the other night,
Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
All calm, as it was bright;
And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,
Driv’n by the spheres
Like a vast shadow mov’d; in which the world
And all her train were hurl’d.
– Henry Vaughan
This image reminds me of the start to Henry Vaughan’s poem The World. Many incredible images of our galactic neighbors do, really. From NASA’s Hubble Telescope, this is LL Ori (a young variable star and its cosmic bow shock) in what is the stellar nursery of the Orion Nebula. I wish I’d taken it as that would be more true to the goal I set out for myself… and of course to be in space would be a wonder as well. If only to witness the birth of stars with our own eyes and travel through galaxies. Here’s to hoping. Earth today, Mars tomorrow, then the multiverse!