Is there such a thing as the present?

The Sombrero Galaxy, 25 million light years away. So this is what it looked like 25 million years ago… If we could teleport to this galaxy, we would see this same galaxy aged 25 million years.

Did you know that the speed of light is around 3.00 × 108 m/s? For now, it is believed that there is nothing faster than the speed of light, which is why large astronomical distances are often denoted by light-years, the distance that light can travel in a year.

If we were to see a galaxy that is 100 million light-years away, we would actually be seeing how the galaxy was a 100 million years ago. The light from the galaxy would be light that traveled from that galaxy 100 million years ago and just reached our eyes. So technically, we would be looking at the past. Right now, in this very moment, the galaxy that we see would actually be 100 million years older than how we see it.

So if this is true, then isn’t everything we see in the past? Even objects that are much closer than 100 million light-years away still have some distance from our eyes. The infinitesimal distance that the light has to travel from these objects to our eyes is still greater than 0, meaning that everything we see has already happened.

It’s quite depressing to think of how insignificant human lives are. We will learn nothing about changes in the universe because by the time the updated light reaches our planet, humanity will most likely have already gone extinct. All we can do is peer out into the vast universe and simply oooh and ahhh at the marvelous sight.

Max the Maltipoo :D

Photo taken by me, on my bed

Above is a picture of my dog, Max the Maltipoo, but I just call him Max. He is heckin cute.

He is currently 8 years old but turns 9 in April of 2020 :(. This probably means that he will probably die soon (apparently Maltipoos have an average lifespan of 12 years) so I am hoping to get a Husky, Golden Retriever, Malamute, Great Pyrenees, or some other large dog to fill the gaping black hole in my soul and heart. I really hope he has a painless death but if necessary I will make sure that I will be by his side when the veterinarian injects him with something to kill him peacefully. The look in his eyes as he realizes that I had a part in his death will haunt me for the rest of my life but it is something I must live with. It is possible that having another dog will cause me emotional pain so I may instead become one of those cat people you see on TV.

He has a really long pretty tail that shakes uncontrollably along with his butt, making him one of the cutest doggos in the world. For anyone who is unfamiliar with dog breeds, a Maltipoo is a mix breed of a Maltese and a Poodle. If you want to know more about Maltese or Poodles, click on their names and it will take you to their wikipedia page.

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