W^2 or W squared for Wordless Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Last night I was on my way home from purchasing a lottery ticket, two tickets, one for last night’s drawing and one for tonight’s drawing. I know, the chance of winning is minuscule, maybe even infinitesimal, but I purchased them anyway.
On the way home, I looked up to see the setting waxing crescent moon and Jupiter. A cloudless or less clouded December sky is a rarity here in northern Illinois and I suppose my four-dollar purchase of lottery tickets could be construed as an admission ticket to a Tuesday evening light show.
I pulled to the roadside and waited patiently for traffic to pass while I snapped photos of the prairie, the moon, and Jupiter; all of which are reflecting our sun’s light. It takes the sun’s light 5080.32 seconds to travel from the sun to Jupiter and reflect toward Earth so we can see it. That’s an hour, twenty-four minutes, and forty seconds.
My last post was titled ‘light’ and I almost named this post ‘light, again,’ but I decided that the title above would be better. Things take time and cloud free nights in winter are rare. This morning the sun rose, as it always does, and we welcomed a new day. Today is going to be an amazing day. I know it and I can feel it, so I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, being patient with the universe.
When was the last time you looked up to see the light of a night sky?
4 thoughts on “W^2 – five thousand plus seconds”
Cool beans. I love when you find nature’s beauty in unexpected places.
Make it a great day!
w/a Jansen Schmidt
We’ve had some great night skies lately, so the answer is – often! Good luck with the lottery – I’m not holding my breath!
Last night was partly cloudy and I could see the light of the moon but the shape was intermittent, but I’ll keep looking. We had a warm up and what little snow we had melted, and no one won the lottery, so I’ll plunk down another four bucks in a slim hope that I have the right combination of numbers. It’s cheaper than a drink at a bar! Have wonderful finish to 2022. Peace.
Oh Clay: the triumph of hope over experience! Ah well. Good luck.