In keeping with the theme of Time taking no breaks in 2019, here’s the 2nd page of my current sketchbook. I wanted to start this year’s posts last week but between car troubles and insomnia wearing me out, I just couldn’t make it happen.

In the future, long from now
The World, Orbyss, crumbles to pieces
Land, Sea, and Sky become one.

That’s it!

Just as the 2019 year rolls in blunt and bothersome, so does this page outta my sketchbook. Also, really late. Back in October I came up with something I call Interstellar Mage Punk. You’ll hear more about that later but for now, this is me pondering the world in that part of The Timeline.

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Edit (01/07/2019): Ultima Thule

I wanted to include this in the original post but time was short and I really wanted to make my original deadline. On January 1, 2019, the space probe New Horizons successfully completed a flyby of planetary object Ultima Thule; now officially, the furthest object in our solar system visited by human spacecraft.

A Boomerang (or wiggle stereograph, as the Wiki calls it) of (486958) 2014 MU69, or Ultima Thule for those of you that don’t do number names. 2 frames=a 38 minute flyby shot.

“Awesome, a pair of rocks,” you think to yourself, probably.

It’s an ancient pair of rocks found in the Kuiper Belt, one of the outermost parts of our solar system. This is the belt where, just past Neptune, Pluto and two other extant planets, Haumea and Makemake, are located.

Ultima Thule (the names of the big rock/little rock respectively), is a contact binary object; not unlike Pluto and its largest moon Charon. They’ve been in orbit of each other for so long and so closely that they eventually became the single object pictured above.

It’s a formation that probably took many thousands of years to happen. You can go ahead and forget everything you knew about long distance relationships. While 2019 may have gotten off to a rough start, we can take some solace in the fact that it also began with humanity taking a small flyby peek at a love story possibly as ancient as our home in the vastness of space.

You can click here to read NASA’s article about the recent New Horizons flyby.

You can click here to see New Horizons’ Twitter and follow for updates on its journey through our cosmic neighborhood.