- Introduction: The mystery of Stars. Thought to foretell the future – Astrology.
- Used stars to navigate across sea and land.
- Their beauty and mystery inspired many poets.
- New branch of science called Astronomy.
- Man’s tryst with moon and stars led to finding nothing so beautiful and exhilarating about them.
- Conclusion: There are celebrities called ‘stars’ also around us. Who are quite ordinary from close quarters, just as the stars above.
Descriptive Essay About Stars
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves,” said William Shakespeare in his famous play Julius Caesar. This was for the heavenly bodies in the sky, were thought to influence one’s destiny. Even today people believe in Astrology, which is the science of predicting the future of a person, by studying the position of stars at his birth. Such is the mystical power of stars, which is baffling but nevertheless thought to be true.
Since time immemorial, these celestial bodies called stars, have mystified man. While the sun and the moon herald the day and night, there seemed no justification for these tiny sparkling celestial bodies, that twinkled in the sky. Their beauty on a clear moonlit night has inspired many a poet like Wordsworth to sing laurels in their praise. Mothers put children to sleep singing lullabies like “Twinkle twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.” Thus they remained a mystery for quite some time.
However, man with his un quenching thirst for knowledge, found that some of the stars remain constant. His ingenuity made him use this to navigate across sea and land. Soon they became indispensable for the travellers, who found their moorings by observing the specific location of these stars. They named them according to their position and characteristics.
The advent of the telescopes enabled him to study these heavenly bodies more closely. This gave birth to an entirely new branch of science called Astronomy. Extensive research and observation, led him to identify new stars and constellations in the universe, enabling him to predict their movement over a period of time. This study continues even today, with more advanced telescopes which magnify images to more than a million times, thereby T and giving new insight into their origin and behaviour.
Not being content with observing, and enjoying their beauty, man ventured out into space, to study them from close quarters. This burning curiosity made him venture out to the moon, and even explore planets like Mars. However, except for unravelling few common myths, nothing substantial came his way. It is now common knowledge that stars are also like the planet earth, sometimes even bigger. They however appear small, because they are many light years away from earth. Unlike what they appear from here, they are a barren land mass, without any sign of life and with no means of sustaining it in the future.
Nevertheless, their beauty is still acknowledged, making people call celebrities of the society as ‘Stars’. They could be ‘sport stars’ or even ‘film stars’, all with a huge fan following. The mass adulation that they receive from the fans, places them on a higher pedestal than the common man. They are but ordinary people, whose claim to glory could be a god-gifted talent, which makes them acquire ‘star qualities’ and ‘star status’. However in the words of John Webster “Glory’s like glow worms, Afar shine bright, But look too near, have neither heat nor light.” So is true for the human stars, as well as the heavenly stars twinkling above.