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The Most Astounding Fact by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Posted on March 6, 2012 in Cinematography, Photography

The Most Astounding Fact by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

This is one the most beautiful videos I’ve seen so far this year.

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer: “The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth – the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures.”

These stars – the high mass ones among them – went unstable in their later years – they collapsed and then exploded – scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy – guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems – stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.

This video consists of a few gorgeous footages of our galaxy, the Milky Way, the Aurora, the Solar system, the ocean, etc… so breathtaking, I’ve already watched it 3 5 times before posting this. I at least noticed a clip by Vanessa Hollander when she filmed and photographed the Mongolian.

Song: “To Build a Home” by Cinematic Orchestra (Shazam!)

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