Stargazing. We’ve all done it, looked up at a cloudless night sky, picking out various constellations, wondering how many of the twinkling dots on that black canvas are still even there. A starry sky is, in reality, a glimpse into our galaxy’s past, with many millions of years passing between that star first shining and its light reaching our view.
Today is International Astronomy Day, and it’s celebrated twice a year, once in Spring and again in Autumn.
Humans are fascinated by space, and all its hidden potential. Just look at the success of blockbuster movies like Space Odyssey, The Martian, Gravity, and of course, the whole Star Wars franchise.
Authors also love to set their stories in space, with novels like Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy standing the test of time in literary terms.
But even if your novels aren’t set in space itself, chances are somewhere in your story is an idea that came to you when you were lost in thought, staring up at the night sky. In fact, the celestial sky is a prominent scene in my upcoming novel, Renewed, Book Three in the Reborn Trilogy, and set for release this summer.
So tonight, I wish you all clear skies so that you can step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life for just a few minutes, and marvel at how tiny we really are.