The hunter and the dog

You might have probably been thrown off by the title or not.Short story short, this is not a short story or a fable by Aesop.

Am I being a bit presumptuous?

The hunter and the dog aka Orion and Cansa major , finally came into the view of my brains and eyes,of course?

Is that a dog? Is that a head? Is that a what in the heavens not? So goes my head in all of my star gazing sessions. Ani would point at some bright speck in the sky and claim it to be Jupiter. My head would whirl and I’d have no idea how she knew. How do you know a planet from a star? How do you know it’s Jupiter and not Venus? So goes my list of questions. My inability to make out farther than Orion’s belt has thinned into air this december.

It’s the season to be jolly, la la la la lalala…. 

I was back home in kerala where the skies are clear, the water green and the soil rich. The starry sky lit up in all its glory and I summoned up the courage to go up the terrace in the dark with my kid brother.It was dark and I could hear the faint murmour of the seas, the light house lights went sweeping about the sky and straight up lying down, the stars themselves looked down upon me and my eyes met them. The belt, the shoulders, the legs and the arrow and Betelguese shining orange at me. Jupiter shone down and Sirius, the brightest smiled. Orion and Cansa major, I could see.Ecstatic, I pointed em all out to Sam and he was thrilled and right at that moment, a shooting star sped along Orion’s belt making it the best night among many nights.

Planets don’t twinkle, stars do. Planets are way brighter than stars. Get a diagram of the constellation and look up Orion,you will know how easy it is. The position of the constellations changes with time and you can tell time by their positions and that is how the ancients knew to tell time. Sailors told time by knowing the positions of the constellations and now, I know.😊  Venus is the bright evening star visible from 6:45 to 8 something. Jupiter appears from 8 to 10 something. And now, you know too 😊.

From some damn stupid essay that I read in ug that there is beauty in ignorance, that there is some magic to not knowing the names of all the flowers out there and when spring comes you learn it all anew and forget, I thought ignorance was bliss. But I was wrong, atleast in my case, there is a beauty in knowing, when I look up at the starry sky and my heart sings that I know two of those stars by name and I know where they are, my heart sings in joy for He hung up each of the stars and called them each by name and I know two of  them up in the sky 😀. There is a beauty in knowing.There is beauty in wisdom. This is treasure and digging it up is pleasure.

I flew back to sharjah today and before the descent, when we were up in the sky, I saw Jupiter shining in all its glory on the starred city. A thousand lights glimmered in the sea and I sunk in the pleasure of knowing.

So, I guess this is a lesson learnt and this post short of an Aesop’s fable, after all.

Moral of the story: Don’t feign ignorance, dig up treasure aka knowledge.

Secrets #2

The Battle of Jericho

Joshua 6:20 ,

” So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead,and they took the city.

To cut the long story short, once upon a time the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, and after many a hardship ,they set out from Egypt under Moses to their promised land. Their first conquest was Jericho under Joshua.

The people of Jericho were very much scared of the Israelites and they made it impossible to infiltrate their walls.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

And that’s exactly what happened! The wall collapsed and the city belonged to the poeple of Isreal. Archaeologists have dug up the site and confirmed the biblical story. (http://www.christiananswers.net/q-abr/abr-a011.html)

The story of the Israelites is beyond flabbergasting. For them, the red sea parted, manna fell down from heaven, a spring burst forth from a rock in the desert, and for Joshua , for him, the sun stood still;

“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.”

So, How did the wall fall? That’s the big question. Some say it might have fallen due to an earth quake. I think not. The clues are all there. The army shouted and the wall fell. Sounds familiar?

God is a freaking genius!!!.  😀  You know that glass breaks when you sing at a particular frequency. Why? Coz of Resonance. The natural frequency of the glass becomes equal to that of the sound aka noise (when you sing). Frequencies match and boom! It all comes tumbling down.

The army marched around the city for six days and on the seventh day, on the long blast of the seventh trumpet, all the army of Israel shouted ,the natural frequency of the wall became equal to the frequency of the noise and then, the walls came tumbling down.

Resonance 😀 . A better tactic than the Trojan horse, I would say.

 

Secrets #1

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The Milky Way from Earth. Image Credit: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn (Weather and Sky Photography)

Gazing at the stars above, do you know that you are actually looking at their past? Light from the sun takes about 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach the earth. So, when you are looking at the sun, the sunspots that you see, the eruptions and the wild mechanics of the solar wind are about 8 minutes and 20 seconds old . It takes about 4 years for light to ravel from the Alpha Centauri (the nearest star to earth) to earth. So when you see what you see it’s the past. You are looking at what happened four years before from now.

Suppose there is another planet out there teeming with intelligent life , 1000000 light years from us, when they look at us, they are not gonna see the clutter of buildings or advanced human life. They are gonna see tyrannosaurus, spinosaurus and giganotosaurus, and the dense coniferous jungles ,scrublands and riparian forests.

On a clear starry night, when you  look out at the gazillions of stars  above, think about this and revel in the mystery that is our universe.