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Beyond the stars

If something is from "beyond the stars", where is it really from?

Can it be from beyond a mere two stars? (Sometimes, both our sun and theirs would intervene, after all.) Does it have to be from beyond *all* stars? Which stars are "the" stars?

This query brought to you via an ad for a book set near Alpha Centauri.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
I like the temporal interpretation, especially because it ties in nicely with the first comparison made, that is, "east of the sun and west of the moon", which makes perfect sense at sunset at the equinox if there's a full moon. This was something I realized while attending a wedding in Fairfield Iowa that was quite literally east of the sun and west of the moon.