God is Very Funny

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Our cleaning lady asked me what the picture was on the TV, a picture of the Spiral M101 galaxy taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The fact that she didn't know pained me, as a rural education is often accompanied by religious influence that kept you looking down rather than up, so I began to explain.

The M101 Spiral Galaxy, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

"That," I began, "is a picture of a galaxy. Each one is a star, exactly like our sun and they all revolve around each other."

"A star?"

"Yes, just like our sun."

"Is our sun a star?"

"Exactly. And just like how our earth revolves around our sun," I explained, drawing a crude diagram on my notepad, "each star makes everybody roll around them."

She pointed to the picture again, "But where is that?"

"That is outside in the galaxy. See, we live in a galaxy and that is a picture of another galaxy we don't live in."

"So...does this live overseas?"

I blinked. "Umm...it's further than that. It's up in the sky, past all the stars you see now and even beyond."

"Yoh, God is very funny..."