Living in the city, it’s hard to see the night sky. But on the rare occasions when we are out West and the sky is clear, we have seen the faint outline of the arms of the Milky Way and remember what lies beyond the Sun and the Moon.
From H.G. Wells’ “The Star”:
Few people without a training in science can realise the huge isolation of the solar system. The sun with its specks of planets, its dust of planetoids, and its impalpable comets, swims in a vacant immensity that almost defeats the imagination. Beyond the orbit of Neptune there is space, vacant so far as human observation has penetrated, without warmth or light or sound, blank emptiness, for twenty million times a million miles. That is the smallest estimate of the distance to be traversed before the very nearest of the stars is attained.