As a child someday or the other you must have had a fascination about the space and stars. Then as you grew up either yor parents or you taught yourself that , “Why to think about space now when we have so much to discover on earth?” or “There are so many issues to deal with down here on earth. Space exploration is just waste of money”.
Many also go upto the extent of saying that, ” space exploration is just a luxurious hobby of some scientists met with the tax paid by the hard working commoners”. Thinking such things are absolutely legitimate unless you know what actually astronomy is.
I am here to change your understanding of this subject philosophically.
And before starting to attack your sentiments once again let me make myself clear at one point. Its that, I too believe that earth is a splendid treasure box containing many hidden treasures. You geologists, biologists and historians, engineers are indeed doing great job. I respect you people to my fullest. I am just here to take a stand for astronomers and not to offend you people.
So as we all know, life could not have started and evolved on any other sibling of our mother earth. Earth has been the same loving caring and pampering mother as any of our mothers. How much ever naughty and disobedient humans have been, she has kept loving and blessing us.
A mother definitely tries to help her child at any cost and anyhow. But as the child grows she/he needs to get to know the outside world to survive. No mother is immortal 😞. And no child remains a child. It is exceptionally difficult to write such blogs being emotional as the writer.
May be you have gussed what I mean. Rapid climate changes have made it clear that it won’t be too long before earth will be inappropriate for us to live on. And even if climate change never had started , in few billion years sun’s outer layer will swallow it. And humankind -pampered child of mother earth is growing.
Earth would hardly be able to bear the expenses of her child. I mean shortage of resources. So humans need to come out of their mother’s warm and comfortable chest into which she has embraced us for millions of years , and start moving on.
Moving on….. Yes! Moving on from earth to some other planet in the solar system or some exoplanet where we can live. Which our bold space explorers have already started to think about. To colonize the space !!
Inspite of all the luxurious and comfortable time we spend under our mother’s custody we need to face the reality , face the life. All of us knows this well…..just when everything was going well, life happened to us. Similarly universe will happen to humanity. The way universe works , it wont let us stay comfortable with our mother earth forever.
Realise that life sucks harder than your mother beats you up.
Too much beating around the bush. Coming to the long awaited question. What is astronomy?
It is the equivalent of academic and moral education you get before life happens to you. Astronomy is the subject of survival for humanity. It is the preparation humankind takes to survive life.
Respect all the astronomers and share this with your friends who have or once had craze with this subject of humankind. They are doing some real god-like deeds. Thank you for your time. Please let us know your experience reading this in comments and keep coming back for such contents.