Travel Tips

Starry past matter

by Piyush Kumar Singh
on 2017-01-24 17:17:44

No matter where you travel – in the wild, at the sea, high above the world on the peaks or endless plains. Whether spending a good time with family, a fun time with friends or a romantic night with your  partner. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a well-planned night out. The Stars are the mood setters. A  well spent night is lying on earth and watching the night sky lit with beautiful stars.

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Introducing to you for the first time on AdvenJo- A special guest and a wonderful photographer- Purva  Variyar; sharing her experience and enthusiasm on the dark sky. Oh bonus lucks with her wonderful  video on the dark sky that she is sharing for the first time with us !!

Starry past matter

The night sky holds magic, mystery, and awe. And I for one, cannot resist the allure of  the starlit night skies. The hundreds and thousands of stars (because that is only how  much your brain can grasp at a time I think) seem to emerge from the depths of the never  ending celestial space. The night sky seems like a wormhole of sorts that if you enter, you  will emerge into a parallel, hitherto unknown space of the universe. I always feel that if I  raise my hand and stretch my fingers enough, I could actually touch these stars embedded  in a velvety sheet of penetrable darkness.

But, science behind these stars is even more fascinating. And they are literally, a window  to a very distant past. Let me explain. You know that light travels at a fixed speed of  300,000 km./sec. That is amazingly fast. But, even the nearest star (except the sun) is  much further away from us. So, the light emerging from a star takes years to finally reach  the Earth. Take for example the Sirius, the brightest star that is close enough and one that  we can see in the night sky. It is 8.6 light years away. That means it takes the light from  this star 8.6 years before we can finally see it. And let me tell you, in the scale of the  universe, 8.6 light years is quite a small distance. Many of these stars that you see might  long be dead. But the light that is once emitted will eventually reach us. So, the next time  you look up at the stars, pay your tribute to these big balls of fire, because some of those  sparkling dots may be the last remnants of dead stars far far away.

- Purva Variyar