Average Star by Tahimi Perez-Borroto   

(3rd place prose winner)

The Kármán line is about 62 miles from Earth. It breaks up the mesosphere from the thermosphere and before you know it, in the blink of an eye, you’re in space. Once there you’ll see the Earth, the moon, the sun, and all other celestial bodies. You’ll also see my favorite detail of outer space: stars. Because the light from each star that reaches our eyes means they’re dead, you’ll never actually see an average star (the second step in a star’s lifecycle right after it leaves the stellar nebula it came from). From there it will become a red giant, then a planetary nebula, until it eventually becomes a white dwarf star and fade into a black cold ball of nothing. The corpse of something that once was. Continue reading “Average Star”