Most of the soldiers who have been sent from the West to the Persian Gulf area are experiencing for the first time what a sky full of stars looks like when seen from the desert — where the heavens stretch from horizon to horizon and there are no city lights to intrude on the magnificence of the “Milky Way” and all the other stars. We could teach the Wise Men of old nothing about the vastness of the Universe. They may not have known what we know about the speed of light, but when they looked up at the night sky the view was far more imaginatively and emotionally powerful than any of the mind-boggling numbers we use to describe…
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