Time and Distance

Far out, time keeps on slipping into the future, so things that seem far away, eventually end up being right around the corner.  Take my cellphone provider for instance, as they told me that they will no longer be covering my phone in October, because it is a 3G and the only service they will have, would be for 4G and 5G phones.  I figured that I would need a new one eventually, but that time which seemed far off is rapidly approaching.  I sprang for the 5G, which I guess is better and since October is very near now, I ordered this yesterday.  Near and far are relative terms, as what is near to one person might be considered far to another.  I know that Halloween is coming, as I have already seen some decorations set up and before you know it, Christmas will be here.

Your nose is always visible to you, because it is right on the center of your face, however your mind will ignore it through a process called Unconscious Selective Attention, so even though it is close, it seems so far away because it is not seen, thus being out of sight puts it out of mind.  A person with bad depth perception would not be able to tell you for sure if an object is near to them or far off.  Astronomy is a weird subject and anything that is out in space, I would consider to be far away, but that would mean that objects known as near earth objects are far away, which does not make all that much sense.  Objects that are further away should be smaller, if both objects are the same size.  The astronomical unit is a convenient distance unit for measuring stuff in our solar system, but when we go beyond that we switch to light-years and parsecs which is a bit farther away.  Our Milky Way galaxy is about 100,000 light years, or 30,000 parsecs across, which seems like a relatively far distance, but compared to the known or observable universe this distance is close or near.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is to use the words “near” or “far” and if you start your post with one word and end with the other word, you will get the bonus points, whatever they are good for.

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