Remember as kids we loved to stare at the sky at night. Such perplexing beauty the universe held so magnificently. I’ve always imagined what those little sparkly dots were. In kindergarten, we were all probably told they were little bright star-shaped lights from above, but in reality, they’re giant balls of gas burning billions of miles away. The mere eyes can only see them as star-shaped because of the imperfection in our eyes. Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered just how many stars there are in space? Probably hundreds of millions.
The Sun is one of the millions of stars in its galaxy. Planets revolve around it the same way there are other stars which planets also revolve around. It belongs to a galaxy called the Milky Way. Astronomers estimate there are about 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone. Outside that, there are also millions upon millions of other galaxies also! How fascinating!
Ever thought about when we’d get to the next star closest to us? apparently its about 40,208,000,000,000 km away. (about 268,770 Astronomical unit). Basically, all these being said, it will take humans approximately 81,000 years to reach the next star. Quite disappointing I know! so this got me thinking, WILL IT EVER BE POSSIBLE FOR HUMANS TO TRAVEL AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT? Cause that would solve plenty of problems and let us get to another star faster. Wouldn’t it be cool to find out what planets revolve around other stars, their properties and probably living organisms?
But sadly, based on our current scientific knowledge on spacecraft, mass, human astrological and natural limitations due to special relativity, we haven’t been able to figure out that yet. And even if we did, it’ll still take about 4.22 light years to reach the next star. In anticipation, I believe in a matter of years and technological advancement, the rift between our solar system and other stars would be eradicated. And soon, we’ll be able to explore other aspects of the universe. WHAT DO YOU THINK?