November 28: Reflections on the meaning and value of life

LeftArrowBoxedLeftArrowBoxedDay by day with Hattie and Bruce on the path to their new home in Nashville
As they do their daily work, Hattie on end-of-life decision making and
Bruce on a highly-integrated, mathematical model of the universe,
they reflect on life around Miami and on events within our world.

Ruminations by bruce camber

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, cool and clear

Morning comes quickly. The skies brighten at 6 AM.

For Hattie it’ll be her final day for final edits. At some point in the near future, she’ll have to sign off on this current work as “the first edition.” A new day will then come, and even finer edits will be made for the second edition, hopefully within a year, maybe two.

The new homepage for the UniverseView is coming along slowly. Yet it is far enough now, that anybody can visit. There is a link to it from the “Abstract” box on the current homepage: That pushes me along.

We’ve watched something track across the morning sky. There is a program online,, that does a remarkable job of identifying objects in your night sky. Why it’s Venus! A goddess of love. Venus is just 24-to-38 million miles away from the earth. The average distance of Venus to the Sun is 67,237,910 miles. So, it is good to be looking out at the sun’s reflection off Venus. That light has gone the distance!

Given our work on the chart of the universe, the distance from Mars to Earth (33.9 million to 249 million miles) for Tuesday’s NASA landing seems trivial. Sunlight travels anywhere from 92.96 to 152 million miles get to earth. Given that light travels 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), on average it will take eight minutes and 20 seconds to reach the earth.

Remarkable thing this light and the sun creating it… some of it bouncing off a rock out there to meet my eye perhaps as much as 100 million miles later.