The quiet of dawn over the Grand Traverse Bay
Kish and I have been staying for a few marvelous days in our friends’ house along the Grand Traverse Bay. The house is just north of Omena, Michigan. It is separated from its neighbors by stands of trees to the north, south, and west; to the east stretch the wide and bright waters of the Bay.
The house has a great deck that looks out over the Bay. It is perfect for a morning cup of coffee or an evening adult beverage. As we have enjoyed our getaway and reveled in the beautiful view from that deck, we also have reflected on how quiet it is. The perfect silence has made us realize how much distracting background noise is found in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. How pleasant to experience the wondrous silence now and again!
The Kepler mission, a space observatory designed to examine deep space, has only been operational for six weeks but it already is starting to pay dividends. The observatory has located 140 suspected Earth-like planets among 700 suspected new planet discoveries. Previously, telescopes looking outside our solar system have identified only large gas giants.
Scientists need to confirm that the suspected planets are, in fact, planets, but their speculation based on the findings to date is that there may be as many as 100 million habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy.
Imagine — the possibility of 100 million habitable planets in our galaxy, some of which may have their own life forms. Increasingly, science fiction is becoming reality. When will we begin to boldly go where no man has gone before?