I saw the sky last night. It was brief, but I saw it. 22:45. For no more than ten seconds, I got to see a star. I didn’t sleep the rest of the night, too much to think about.
It was nice, though. That brief break in the grey gave me something to think about. It’s kinda funny – back before the eruption, we took the stars for granted. The Earth cycled, those lights would shine in the dark sky and everyone went about their business. They formed our culture, informed entire pantheons and helped guide ancestors through the wilderness. Then eventually, we grew past the need for the stars, started to build cities – drowned them out in our own light. A big “Fuck you!” for those tiny lights in the sky, half of which are probably dead now. I remember reading about one; Betelgise? Betelguise? Something like that. Supposed to go up in a supernova any time between now and sixty years, they said. If that light hit us today, the largest explosion in recorded history, would we even notice it?
Except, there was one star we never quite disassociated ourselves from. I haven’t seen the sun for weeks. Don’t know if I’ll ever see it again. Don’t know if my kids, or their kids will for that matter. Maybe the sun will end up as a legend, told around the dwindling fires of the giant light that lit up the sky. How hours could go by without ash in the sky.
Maybe we grew slightly too big for our own good, and now the stars have abandoned us.
Funny, huh? That brief ten seconds and now I’m getting all philosophical.
It does make you think though. What happened to the rest of the world? Best I can tell, there’s not been any relief force sent from anywhere. The Brits, the French, not even NATO or the UN. I wonder how bad it is everywhere else. Hell, I can’t imagine what it’s like for the poor fucks on the Station. Launched in September as pioneers of mankind, looking into the future and now forced to watch as Earth dies a long and slow death below them. Nothing they can do to help, probably nothing they can watch. Wonder how long their supplies will last? Six months, a year? Satellites have to undergo manoeuvres every now and then to push them back into orbit before they fall into the atmosphere and burn up – will the ISS burn up? Wonder how long it’s gonna be before the communication sats start burning up. Our own man-made meteor shower we’ll never get to see. I bet the folks at NASA will figure something out. They’re good at that shit.
If anyone’s going to have a plan, it’s got to be NASA.
Maybe that’s where I’ll go.