Chapter 1 of Astronomy: The Solar System served as a HUGE (seriously though) reminder as to how small and insignificant we are, and how very very very infinitesimally small the corner of the universe we’ve explored actually is. I’m a big Star Wars fan, and looking at that world from the perspective of astronomy class, it doesn’t actually make much sense at all (although this will not affect my love for it). For instance, if we were able to travel at light speed, we would be able to get to the moon in about one second. That seems pretty quick, right? But at that same speed it would take us a whole year to reach the outer planets. A whole year, and we’d still be in our own solar system! Han Solo whips the Millennium Falcon around the entire GALAXY like it’s nothing. This obviously isn’t feasible at all, which doesn’t bother me too much in the context of Star Wars, but does make me a little bit sad/skeptical about the future of deep space exploration. At the rate of light speed, we won’t be exploring anything outside of our solar system in my lifetime – and that’s if we could learn to move at light speed, which also seems unlikely. I’m not trying to be a downer – we definitely have a ton of cool things close by to explore and discover. I’ll just have to settle for some imagination when it comes to the deep-space exploration (for now).