#SoCS August 3/19

 

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “astronomical.” Use it any way you like. Have fun!

The first thought that came to mind when I read the word astronomical was all those weddings where people spend astronomical sums in a day what many would not even dream of earning in years. I always wonder why people spend so much money. Of course it is their money 😊 they can do what they want with it. But it does seem such a waste.

Then I thought it would be better to check other meanings of the word. It means anything relating to astronomy and some of the synonyms are celestial, planetary and stellar. These meanings brought to mind Chandrayaan- 2, our lunar mission. It was launched on 22nd July and hopefully will land on Moon on September 7th. But something really funny is people have been getting photos of the moon from Chandrayaan in WhatsApp forwards even before it has landed on the moon. People have thought that they were real and have forwarded them!! Fake stories abound and how can one understand which are real and that which are not?

The word stellar, a synonym of astronomical, reminded me of the story Nightfall by Isaac Asimov. It is one of my favourite stories. The story is set in a world which has many suns. The people do not know the meaning of darkness. But once in two thousand years the alignment of the suns is such that darkness comes to that world and the people see stars for the first time. The story is all about what happens next. It is a fascinating story.

Chandrayaan – 2 Update – ISRO
https://www.isro.gov.in/update/14-may-2019/chandrayaan-2-update

Nightfall (Asimov novelette and novel) – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightfall_(Asimov_short_story)

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6 Replies to “#SoCS August 3/19”

  1. I’m with you when I think of astronomical I think of those weddings. Here they are called “destination weddings” and take place on islands or in resorts, last several days and cost astronomical amounts of money. We married with the only cost the dresses, suit, honorarium for pianist and the cake, coffee and mints. But we have always disliked showy events.

  2. Just recently I asked my wife, “How can I tell which are real stories and which are not?” and she said basically that I had to work it out. I’m not wholly confident that that will work!

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