A cosmic perspective
Looking up at a star-lit night’s sky, to me, is one of the most awe-inspiring moments we can have. To simply contemplate our place in the universe requires an adventure to the extreme limits of our imagination, and even there, the sheer size and vastness of it all forces the contemplation to bow respectfully in defeat.
Just think about the fact that Earth, our planet, is nothing but a minute dot in a void of interplanetary space. The Sun, our star, is just one of many hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky way, our galaxy, and that our galaxy is one of around eighty billion other galaxies in the known universe!
To put it into perspective. It is said that there are more stars in the known universe than there are grains of sand on Earth.
The understanding of our minuscule size in relation to the cosmos can be a daunting, almost depressing thought to some. It seems like we are detached and isolated, insignificant, because of our size, to the greater scheme of things.
Yet, this doesn’t have be true. It is just because of the traditional perspective that social institutions within our culture have drilled into us. The perspective that we are the centre of everything. It gives us this egotistical kind of perception of the world. With this perception, the more we learn about the vastness of the universe, the smaller and more insignificant we seem to become within it.
It is only once we understand our connection to the universe, that we can really change this perspective. We have to loosen our preconceptions of the world and give in to the uncovering that the scientific world has provided us with. Only then will the beauty of the cosmos be seen, founded on a simple realization.
The realization that our atoms are traceable back to the same origin as the stars we see in the night sky. Even though we are many millions of light years away, we share a connection with everything in the universe.
As Astro-physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson puts it: “When I look up in the universe I know that I’m small but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe and the universe is connected to me.”
It is an awe-inspiring thought, one that makes you look up and gawk in amazement and wonder at the sheer beauty of it all. Hopefully this short video will do the same and maybe even expand your cosmic perspective.