Split the Sky

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scientific research can feel like a lonely voyage into the clouds, until even the clouds peel away and there is nothing but darkening sky.

Colors fade, the atmosphere grows thick and blank. You are hunting for something with no map or directions, and all you know for sure is the direction you came from and the heading you are hopefully locked onto.

And then, suddenly, you see a fellow voyager through the window—another scientist hurtling into the dark, no idea where there will be a place to land or refuel. Both of you are driven by a parched need to know what might be out there. You are moving orthogonally, off to different quadrants of the world, but you are not alone.