We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust…Rumi
The cover photograph on my first book is from NASA and shows a vibrant cloud called the Trifid Nebula dotted with glowing stellar “incubators.” Tucked deep inside these incubators are rapidly growing embryonic stars.
This infrared image, made possible by the Spitzer Space Telescope, offers a rare glimpse into the earliest stages of star formation.
The Spitzer Space Telescope was launched in August 2003. Spitzer lets us peer past the huge dust clouds in space to ‘see’ cosmic objects that don’t emit visible light, like planets and asteroids. Most stars are born deep in dusty cosmic cocoons and, until Spitzer, weren’t detectable by earthbound instruments. “With Spitzer, it’s like having an ultrasound for stars,” said Spitzer scientist Dr. Jeonghee Rho.
Knowing that each of us, tiny humans on a tiny blue planet, are part of the great and awe-inspiring Universe, made up of the very same elements and connected at the most basic level, is a constant reminder that we are powerful partners with the Source of all that exists. It makes me feel both humble and powerful.
When we gaze up at the moon and stars and marvel at their beauty, we are catching a glimpse of our own divinity.