Advent Meditation by Karen C. Kelly
From what I gather from trusted science writers, in about five billion years, our sun will go out and in two billion more turn into a colossal diamond in the center of our solar system, an eternal crystal. An amazing fate for the powerful ally that has warmed us. And what of the earth?
Before becoming a diamond, the sun will bloat out in its hot, red giant phase and possibly consume us, boiling our oceans long before it turns us molten and we vaporize and blend with it. We may emerge as part of a massive gem, not silent, like the diamonds on earth, but possibly ringing “like a gigantic gong, undergoing constant pulsations.” Or we might escape the sun’s engulfment and the honor—depending on how you feel about jewelry—of becoming priceless. Instead we might become part of the debris cloud around the diamond.
I find jaw dropping the poetic implications of what we’re learning from astrophysicists. And hopeful, in an unexpected way: our habitable zone doesn’t die with us but may be pushed out, perhaps far into the Kuiper Belt. “The formerly icy worlds will melt, and liquid water will be present beyond the orbit of Pluto,” some theorize. Of course, that zone wouldn’t last either, but the idea gives us a moment to think outside ourselves, our precious planet, and our fascinating solar system. There are likely other habitable zones out there, in formation and dying out.
Regarding our fate, we could justify a debris-field apathy or work toward earning the status of a diamond eternity by caring for the earth, whose days are as numbered as our own. We can express our gratitude for the gift of a remarkable stay in a rare habitable zone.
‘Tis Miracle before Me — then –
‘Tis Miracle behind — between –
A Crescent in the Sea –
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