Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.
– Alan Wilson Watts
Intelligent life has inherited The Universe’s explorative instinct. This deep-rooted intuition advances the living to discover new mountains, oceans, planets, solar systems and galaxies. Knowledge and exploration are cyclically bound in which, with more knowledge, new methods of travel becomes available to continue the pursuit of knowledge. This narrative is one account of The Universe perceiving a previously unknown realm.
Concept story inspired by Offenbarung’s demo Lunar Womb. A factual location in space was chosen:
Milky Way Location: Hydra
Sub-brown Dwarf Star: WISE 0855−0714
This Universe is 800 billion years old. A time of desperation when starlight energy is rare and must otherwise be nurtured into existence. Few stars dot the galactic horizon leaving a constant reminder of the somber void. Yet, identified within the darkness, the remnants of a long extinguished star system is dreamed to breathe anew. All signs indicate this fertile location may shine again.
The synthetic procedure is initiated. A current of manipulated gravity to tenderly mold the dust. Elements of hydrogen and helium bind and drift into a slow yet invigorated circulation. Starlight across this expanse dissipated eons ago but, now, the first traces of old maroon light glimmer in revival. Warm textures coagulate brighter and swell into an interstellar cloud filling the pane of view.
Behind the dense reddened wall, burnished shadows reflect in the obscured distance. Parting the veil, the field of vision is rife with countless radiant paths all flowing towards a central focal point. Deeper within the cloud, red gas transitions into luminous colors of orange and yellow and then, at the center of the womb, to a pure white.
Here, with the critical support of the resounding artificial gravity, nutrients are softly absorbed from each direction feeding the undulating star. The orb oscillates waves of familiar light with each osmose of energy. A rare sight to behold; concentrated starlight reflecting abound as if pleading to shine outside of these gaseous corridors into interstellar space. Bypassing measurement readings in anticipation, the gases are gravitationally shifted to more closely caress and calm the growing star.
The slight change causes an unusual tremor. The star’s natural movement wavers irregularly, emanating sporadic rays of light. The star shudders again. Responding immediately, the synthetic gravity is overcompensated and accelerates the intake of the surrounding matter. The incandescence of the star briefly stabilizes but the hydrogen and helium compounds are swiftly consumed leaving only traces of amber-hued carbon molecules.
Still too premature, the fragile star trembles in malnourishment and inexorably dims. Another failure. The supplemental gravity is sorrowfully halted causing the dissipation of the once shrouded nursery. No longer able to cradle the star, the cooling cloud festers into a crimson miasma permanently staining this gravesite. Despite the low light the star may continue to transmit, its meager energy is inadequate. Hope for this barren ground is abandoned and achingly departed. The remorseful search continues to other bleak corners of the limitless darkness.
Left behind is a dull sub-brown dwarf star that will rapidly march towards its final extinguishment in 100 million years. Never to supernova or become a white dwarf, it will thereafter instead sustain its long dark slumber while all remaining starlight diminishes from The Universe in 100 trillion years. Dead but dreaming.
Then, in a dark Universe, a star without light may awake to a new purpose. The Universe now knows this place amongst the stars for when that time comes.