十月 27

Why I Love Astronomy

    I am not major in astronomy, actually, my major has no business with astronomy. Therefore, astronomy is just my hobby and it continuously add passion and imagination to my daily life.

    It is unbelievable to a person who completely ignore the wonderful and grand starry heaven when he meets it by accident. In a cloudless and starry night, the shinning stars and blurry nebulae mounted in the faint Milky Way, depicting a magnificent and impressive picture which the one who have ever seen it will never forget. Actually I can’t describe it by words—each word is useless in front of the universe—what I can do is to appreciate and admire it. The feeling of the appreciation of it can only achieved by go outside and raise up your head. The starry heaven makes me think of the far distant world and lets me buried in its beauty.

    When I appreciate the starry heaven, what I see is not only the apparent beauty but also the long story behind it. I would think back to the previous period when the early scientists fearlessly explored the mysterious universe. I would imagine that what such astronomers like Kepler, Newton, Galileo and Tycho were thinking when they were staring at the formidable and fearful universe which they could not understand. The whole universe is a book, as Galileo had said. It was this book that inspired the early scientists to find and explore what they didn’t know and eventually created the theory to explain how the world worked and finally changed our world. The inspiration of exploring the unknown, I think, is a fascination of the universe.

    In 1990, the Voyager 1 took a picture of the Earth in 6 billion kilometers away from the it. In the picture, darkness occupied almost the whole space and there was a tiny and negligible dot in it: that is our home, the Earth. Every person who have seen this picture will be touched from the deep heart. Our Earth is just a dust in the universe, and we are so tiny and weak that may destroyed by some accident easily. As Carl Sagan wrote in his book:”Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”We are tiny creatures, and no matter how advanced our technology is and how massive our knowledges are, we are nothing but a dust in the universe.

   So why do I love astronomy? The great philosopher Kant’s saying may deliver my reason:”Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within”.

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十月 5

Mysterious Cosmos

英语写作课的作业,写的不好,花了我很多的时间,留下来纪念下。

When I was a child, I liked to read an encyclopedic book named a hundred thousand why. The most interesting topic in this book I thought was about the cosmos. Every times I read them, I seemed to fly away from the Earth and went to the new and mysterious world in a far distance which is an unimaginable figure to today's astronomical technology. In a cloudless night, I would go to the building roof and raised my head to see that wonderful, grand, magnificent star field and beautiful, romantic, comely Milky Way. I would imagine that what that very far away world was like and whether or not there was life liked us. In the face of grand star field and many shiny stars I would felt that our lives and our Earth were so tiny and negligible and would be destroyed by a little accident easily. It just became a part of my life, liked eating and sleeping.

Soon, I was not content with just raise my head and use bare-eye — I wanted a telescope. I told my mother what I wanted and my mother refused it. That was in my expectation because an astronomical telescope was expensive not like a common toy. But I really wanted a telescope, I felt I was addicted to it. So I told my mother whether she could buy me a telescope if I had passed the exam which meant I would not take part in the high school entrance exam and could go to high school directly. My mother still said no because she thought that telescope would influence my study and made me backward. My mother still thought the telescope wasn't good for me, but I insisted. I told her why I wanted a telescope and told her that she should be happy because I just wanted a telescope not a game machine or smart-phone and the like which did influence my study. Eventually she gave up, and promised me if I had passed that exam she would buy me a telescope. Oh yeah, it seemed that there was a chance that I would own a telescope.

Months later, I passed that exam fortunately, thank god. Our family was happy about that because I was admitted by the best high school in our city in advance. So, my mother bought me a telescope on the Internet. Some days later, a large paper box which contained my hope and happiness was sent to my home. I was too impatient to wait to tear the paper box and found my beloved gift:though I had imagined what it was like many times, I was still astonished by its length and size — the tube was much longer than my arms, its diameter was just a little less than my palm, and its weight was much exceeded my expectation. There came another excitement when I assembled it:it was the largest gift I had ever got and it was a beautiful and imposing apparatus even just a little shorter than me!

After long and impatient wait, darkness came and stars began twinkling. I was impatient to carry my precious telescope to the building roof and assembled it quickly. Stars were glittering while my heart were beating and my hands were shaking. I was so excited that couldn't focus well. Eventually I saw those beautiful shiny stars through my telescope. Then galaxies and nebulae were all into my eyes clearly and I buried myself into the mysterious cosmos.

Nowadays when I am free and accidentally a cloudless night come, I will still go out and raise my head to see the grand and magnificent star field. I have took part in the astronomy organization in university and see, watch, observe the strange, mysterious, desirable cosmos through the telescope with my friends.

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