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Me, today. 5.20.12. Only 3.5×10 ^ -26 % of What you Can “See”

Geekin out

What the… ?!?!?!…   3.5×10-26 % is the percentage of electromagnetic spectrum (light) that you can actually see. That’s one of the geeky space facts I found out today while visiting the Planetarium and being part of the Guinness Book of World Record’s Largest Group Solar Eclipse Viewing. Yes mam, I geeked out haaaaaard core tonight and had a blast doing it!

Police dressed in bright reflective vests waved the hundreds of cars into overflow parking lots marked by orange cones and “Solar Eclipse Viewing” signs. Excited children, mothers with jackets and fathers donning the ever so fashionable sock n sandals combo filled the Planetarium, examining displays and pictures of outer space. Everyone’s mouths torqued and faces crunched as they peered into massive telescopes pointed at the partially covered sun. One of my dearest friends, dear enough to not be scared by my now not-so-secret

Full eclipse! You would never even know it.

nerd-dom, sported a pair of paper eclipse glasses and sat next to me discussing the incredibly limited amount of what we can see and perceive as reality. We periodically put on our stylish shades to peer at the ever shrinking shining circle as it disappeared behind an invisible moon. A half stadium full of onlookers cheered, clapped and wished the rolling clouds away, glancing from behind home made peep hole shoe boxes, the same glasses we had and yes, even a welding face mask.More cheers erupted and hands waved in the air as the Guinness Book of World Record Camera clicked to snap the memory of our collective viewing.

all 3 lights, no filter

In the planetarium, the Not So Dark Room and Yellow Room interested me the most. The Not So Dark room had magenta, blue and yellow colored lights that you could control, as well as different colored clear plastic sheets you could look through. By changing which color of light was on, and which colored sheet you looked through, it would completely change if you saw 1, 2 or 3 shadows.

In the Yellow Room, we saw that different types of yellow light could make the same brightly colored pebbles and Christmas ornaments appear “normal,” washed out or shockingly – black and white! It’s astonishing to me that the type of light shining on an object can make it look black and white!

All this opened me up to the notion that if physically we could see things differently through another filter, it would completely change how we see the world. Take these pictures for example. This is the same section of sky under visible light and microwaves. So many things that you didn’t even know were there simply because from your filter, you couldn’t see. You can’t see the stars from the Microwave view, and you can’t see the microwaves from the Stars view.


It got myself and friend thinking… philosophically, we each have our own unique filter – our own unique way of looking at the world. And just because we can’t see things the way others do, doesn’t mean that view does not exist. If we follow the physics of light, and apply it to how we “see” things, taking the time to look at others perspectives, we could all live with more compassion and understanding of each other. We can only see 3.5×10-26 % of what exists in our own view, imagine how little we can see of others.


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