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The story so far

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
-- Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Move over to human times.. Those first people who can be called as "people", looked up at the sky and wondered "Whats that?". Some of them had enterprising genes to start observations, analysis, pattern recognition etc.. while others went hunting for food.

Fast forward the story to 21st century. Sky remains pretty much the same except for some new stars, newly aged stars, freshly dead stars and those who apparently ate themselves. Down on earth - do they say "up on earth in the southern hemisphere? - the same genes that worried about sky are now seen worrying about more practical aspects: "Why is my wallet so light?". Not an inspiring story, so let me conclude with a customized proverb from Gorm
Few find fortune, but astronomy is hard to avoid.

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madivala:past_and_present

Changing city: This is a bus stop near IIA. Animated gif from two snaps, taken in 2006 by Holger Merlitz and in 2008 by me.