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Clearly (2) is a much better way to ex press my height. An Angstrom is a truly dinky unit: 100 million of them would fit across a single centimeter. Angstroms are used to measure the sizes of atoms and the wavelengths of light, and they are too awkward to use for anything else. The point is that you can make things easy on yourself if you change your unit to something appropriate for the distances involved. In astronomy there aren't too many units that big! But there is one that's pretty convenient.
Sometimes the far side is the dark side, but it's also sometimes the bright side. It just depends on when you look. One of the best selling music albums of all time is Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. It may be popular, but astronomically it's in eclipse. Incidentally, at the end of that album there is a quiet voiceover: "There is no dark side of the moon. " In a sense that line is correct: the Moon is actually very dark, only reflecting less than 10 percent of the sunlight that hits it. That makes it about as dark as slate!
But that day is not yet here. We're still stuck here on the Earth, more or less, and the only way we can see distant vistas is either vicariously through the eye of the telescope or through the eye of a movie director. One of those eyes, perhaps, is a bit more clearly focused than the other. Despite my childhood yearnings, as an adult I can wish that movies did a better job of portraying astronomy (and astronomers) to the public. The movies may be inspiring, which is their most important job as far as I'm concerned, but there is a downside to the bad astronomy.
Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax" by Philip C. Plait