I was thinking the other day that if Earth ever became part of some larger community of inhabited planets, surely our eclipses would be a huge tourist draw. How many other places in the universe could possibly boast an orbiting object that, from the surface, is almost precisely the size of the sun, providing such a clear coronal eclipse?
And then I began thinking...we've got at least 7 other full planets, running in range from an almost-star gas giant like Jupiter to a hard-baked little rock like Mercury, not to mention all the dwarf planets we likely have. We've got this nice, big, asteroid field, mostly separate from other neighboring bodies. We've got plentiful comets (granted, that one probably isn't all that rare.)
Heck, right here on the Earth's surface we've got such a lovely, distinct variety, right down to having a big, round landmass situated around one pole and a big, round ocean on the other.
It's almost like we just happened to show up in the tutorial level, if learning about the cosmos was a game. Just seems...odd.
Next big solar eclipse March 9th... but you're going to have to be in Indonesia/South Pacific to get a good view.
>It's almost like we just happened to show up in the tutorial level, if learning about the cosmos was a game. Just seems...odd.
I just love this point of view about the reason of our existence here, like we're some kind of young creature slowly walking out of the rock we've been put on watched by unknown parents looking at us in a mix of sadness and wondrment, that's actually pretty lovely, OP.
I've thought the same way. Especially with the near habitable Venus being almost perfect except for the fact that its surface exploded filling its atmosphere with sulfur-dioxide, or Mars whos surface exploded fucking up its magnetosphere. We have the to close in Mercury and the guardian Jupiter, the ringed Saturn and its myriad of moons. The frozen gas giants that had to form closer in and then migrate away from the sun in just the right way to not jostle the other celestial bodies into either spinning out into the dark or spiraling into the sun. The dwarf planets at varying distances showing how celestial bodies form under varying stimulus and lastly a moon so large and an axial tilt so precise to give us a gradient of weather with witch to test and train ourselves to function and conceptualize our future existence on other worlds exhibiting vastly different climates.
Tis a magical thing friendo