The cultural impact of celestial object is undeniable. The sun has been inspiring solar deities for millennia, as has the moon for that matter. The ancient greeks pondered long and hard on those “wandering stars” we now call our planets. The bright band of the milky way played an important role in various ancient mythologies. In short, the heavens and the earth are not always mutually exclusive paradigms.
I think, any fictional species will likely always look to the heavens to inspire their myths, religion and culture. Just as we humans do. Therefore if you ,dear reader are creating a world ask yourself some important questions.
How bright do my stars appear? Which celestial objects can be seen by the naked eye and which will require magnification? What sort of eclipses are possible on your world? How large are the celestial object around your world relative to one another?
Asking, and answering these question will put you, the creator, on terra firma so to speak, and better help you understand the world you are creating.
So dear readers, tell me, what do you think about all of this? How are the heavens perceived in your worlds and stories? And what role does that perception play?
Until next time