The astronomical objects we call stars are luminous spheroids whose matter is held together by gravity. And, except for our Sun, their visibility only becomes apparent during the darkness of the night. Being then that most of them look like bright spots fixed in the sky, lacking the abstraction of Van Gogh’s paintings.
But it is thanks to this remarkable remoteness that the stars we see become intangible objects, impossible to be touched by human hands. As such, said characteristic granted them a status of divinity during the youth of our discernment.
But we soon realised that their appearance in the sky, apart from being an act of mysticism, was presented in sets that could be useful to guide our journeys. And these sets became so important that we gave these groups the virtue of a proper name: constellations.
And it was among the many looks we stole from the stars that our knowledge increased, putting their status as guiding entities in the background. After all, if we already knew that they were there, it was time to understand the why.
And so we went in search of their origin, their reason for being and, ultimately, who they are.
So far our investigations have lead us on the right track, but we still have a long way to go. Let’s say a couple of light years. Maybe even more. Which is understandable, because the stars we study are far away from our insignificant cosmic corner.
Not even the Sun, the mother star par excellence, is close by. It simply takes care of us from afar, as if fearful that its proximity might wrap us in a sea of flames (which, believe me, would surely be the case).
But it is the distant appreciation of these celestial bodies what reminds us that there are objects bigger than ourselves out there. And said bodies, though hostile, cannot avoid being saturated with immense beauty. The kind that patiently awaits the appreciation of expectant eyes in search of the secrets of life itself.
And being so, as long as we have endless questions grouped in our little minds, we will continue looking at the sky every night, with wonder drawn on our faces and palpable appreciation at the infinity of the Cosmos.