Alpha Boötis orbit
SS Arcana - Third Arm Tour Company
My dearest Jin,
Were my eyes blinded by time, by cataracts of facts covering what truth lay beneath? I admit now an affection. That night on the Danube, we did look at each other differently. Didn't we?
How could I have been so cold for so many years, and how ever did I write with such impassionate affectation to one so passionate? Maybe it's this sun, its yellow blaze so far from home, or maybe it's our journal - I brought it with me, you know - that has ignited my soul. Its pages, the retelling of our travels long ago, of two free spirits loosed upon the continents, well, it makes me weep with nostalgia.
Or, is it love? You were always looking for starlight whilst I waited for the day and followed the sun. Maybe you infect me now with what once was. Maybe I yearn for what could have been. Maybe I'm dizzied with romantic notions that never were. Yet, does it matter? Is not love a state of mind, timeless, that transcends even these stars? It's raw and pure, a base emotion full of power. It fans flames regardless of who built the fire or why.
So I say, yes. I did. I did once feel everything you wrote. I don't remember the days, but I feel the nights that you have so, so much awakened.
My previous letters, if you kept them, please burn them. Release the fire that should have seethed from the very first page.
When I return, even the stars themselves will not rival the professions I shall make.
Image: Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in the sky, and one of the closest at 36.7 light years away. It's a red giant star. While just slightly more massive than our sun, it is older and has expanded to some 25 times the Sun's diameter, and is 170 times as luminous. To find it, look north and find the big dipper, then look for the curve of the three stars that comprise the dipper's handle and follow that arc int he sky and you will see Arcturus. It does not have any exoplanets in orbit (we think) but that shouldn't stop our future selves from cruising to such a beautiful part of our galaxy - if not for exploration, then for love.