Today in French class, I was slightly bored. So I started mentally drifting into the subject of astronomy.. Two or so months ago, some friends and I went to the Griffith Observatory. On the Saturday closest to the half-moon, the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers get together at the Griffith Observatory for Public Star Parties. They bring telescopes, charts, diagrams, and models and at night it looks quite surreal. But what is really ethereal is what you see through the telescopes. I got to see a real close-up of the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, different colored stars, and three new born stars. The three new born stars took my breath away. There was a slightly bluish haze of light ,and in the corner was three tiniest specks of light real close to each other. I felt like I was looking in on the most marvelous secret.
The astronomers there are really passionate about their science. All they need is a listening ear. Some people were sort of avoiding them (honestly they can talk for hours without end), but those people were missing out. I learned so much about how stars are born, the positions and names of the stars, all the different planets, and the locations of the constellations. I wish I had brought a notebook, since I would have loved to write down all the different mythical legends behind the constellations.. Did you know that it takes eight minutes to see the light of the sun? When you look at the stars, you are seeing what they looked like hours or even days ago. Some stars we see don’t even exist anymore. Astronomy in a way is a way of looking into the past. After my visit, I was inspired to start putting some money away so I can buy a telescope and some land in the middle of nowhere.
Speaking of the Cosmos, I’m reminded of my favorite song from Florence and the Machine, Cosmic Love. I love the harp in the song and how dreamy and mystic it sounds. I can relate to the lyrics somewhat too. I especially adore the music video, actually, it’s my favorite music video of all time. Its so beautiful when she takes the star out of her shirt, she lets it go and it twinkles in the little light bulb. It’s one of those music videos that captures the feel of the song, instead of the lyrics of the song, for that I heart it.
I hope to do a little shopping soon, since I have a tiny money bundle saved up. Sometimes to make the shopping experience even more fun, I make a collage of pictures from the Internet and my teen vogue magazines of what I want to look for… I'm currently working on one ill call “Cosmic Love in the City.” The idea is romantic, starry, but modern pieces. Here’s some pics I’m looking at .