EVEN MARTIANS LIKE UMBRELLAS by the look of this front yard decor at a Kitsilano home in Vancouver, BC. The canopy could keep the cute alien dry in a rainstorm but it would have been useless had there been showers of debris from the asteroid that sped by the moon and Earth last Tuesday.
There is nowhere to flee from heavenly debris and I might have cowered in a corner hearing news of this celestial body brushing by Earth. But all I could do was regret not having a camera powerful enough to take its picture and marvel that our dreamy existence could one day be snuffed out by the indifference of a massive rock from outer space. Apparently, the asteroid 2005 YU55 will fly by Earth again in 2075 but is not a threat.
I was reminded of scientist Carl Sagan who had a knack for putting our spot on the cosmic map into perspective. The deep thinker and author (who since passed away) read from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space on youtube where he said:
“Look again at that dot (Earth). That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” ― Carl Sagan
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