Thursday, January 17, 2008

"That Trip to the Planetarium Has Me Questioning EVERYTHING"


Somchai is a 64 year old dried squid seller who plies his wares on the streets Bangkok, Thailand, moving from neighborhood to neighborhood on his trusty (and rusty) bicycle, which has an attached squid drying rack. Earlier today, Somchai was bored, so he decided to take a break and spend a few hours at the Bangkok Planetarium.

Somchai had heard from a friend that this was an interesting way to spend an afternoon, but he had no idea just how much the experience was going to rock his world.

What really blew Somchai's mind was when he learned that the Andromeda Galaxy, the most distant object visible with the naked eye, is 2.5 million light years away. And that Andromeda is the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way, and that Andromeda is just one of countless galaxies in a universe so big that no matter how hard we try to estimate its size, it doesn't matter because it's continually expanding.

After leaving the planetarium, Somchai very slowly walked over to his squid bike, and headed back out into the afternoon heat.

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