2021—Billions and Billions

After visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye, I now truly understand Carl Sagan’s oft mimicked and recurring phrase in his Cosmos series on PBS some forty years ago: “Billions and billions” of stars in the universe. I turned 180 degrees from a shot of the Milky Way that I took last week to see the image above which makes it appear that the Milky Way is emerging from a bright spot on earth.