Stupendous!

From the sublime to the amazing!

First, the sublime.

As in this stunning picture from the latest Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.

A cap cloud at sunrise over Mount Rainier, spotted from Seattle, Washington, US, by Elaine Thompson (Member 41974).
A cap cloud at sunrise over Mount Rainier, spotted from Seattle, Washington, US, by Elaine Thompson (Member 41974).

“Though outwardly a gloomy shroud,
The inner half of every cloud
Is bright and shining:
I therefore turn my clouds about,
And always wear them inside out
To show the lining.”

[From ‘The Wisdom of Folly’ by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler in Verses, Wise or Otherwise (1895)]

Then to the amazing!

It’s hard to comprehend the sheer size of objects in space, but take 2 minutes and give it a try!

This video is from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) comparing the sizes of Earth, our sun and stars.

19 thoughts on “Stupendous!

  1. That view of Rainier is amazing. As for Jupiter, I just saw a doc on the Science Channel about the never ending storms. 600 mph winds. Hard to imagine. I like this different kind of post, Paul. Hope you are feeling better.

    1. Big hugs, Susan.

      Still trolling around wearing a catheter and my large drainage bag! Made for a talking point when Jeannie and I went to the local store yesterday! 😎

      But counting the days down until next Tuesday when, fingers crossed very tightly, the catheter is removed. Will miss not needing to wake up in the night for a pee!

      Mind you, I am becoming very boring when it comes to urine quantities! For I’m having to record the amounts many times during the day!

      Fancy a post on the topic? 😅

  2. Yes the Universe is pretty AMAZING.. Which makes us seem even more insignificant.. 🙂 Specs.. 🙂 Hope all is well with you Paul? and sending you and Jean hugs for a peaceful weekend..
    Sue 🙂

    1. Yes, it is mind-blowing in the true sense of the term. Then don’t even start to ponder on the fact that there might be two billion stars in our universe. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Great cloud photo and poem. I’ve seen the video before but it’s always impressive to see it again. Reminds us to stay humble. Keeping my fingers cross for complete wellness as well. Getting old isn’t for sissies. It’s gaining on me.

    1. Regarding getting old, and I love your saying, what I hear myself repeating these days is thank goodness when we younger we didn’t have a clue what getting older was all about!

      Lovely to read your response. Best wishes to you.

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