antique sky map of constellations

Just now I was in the kitchen, making some peppermint tea… and noticed a brilliant light out the window. Neither a bird nor a plane, it shines with an orange-ish hue and dominates its corner of the Eastern sky.

Google’s SkyMap identified it as none other than Arcturus, the fourth-brightest star in the night sky here in the Northern Hemisphere. Its name comes from the Ancient Greek Ἀρκτοῦρος , or “Guardian of the Bear.”

And if we wanted to get a closer look at this Red Giant star from a spaceship, better pack a lot of supplies! Arcturus is 36.66 light years from Earth… so, traveling at half-lightspeed, it would take you 73 years to get there. I think it’s amazing to think about the immensity of our universe that God created.

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