Our Amazing Universe

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster Westerlund 2 and its surroundings has been released to celebrate Hubble’s 25th year in orbit and a quarter of a century of new discoveries, stunning images and outstanding science. The image’s central region, containing the star cluster, blends visible-light data taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys and near-infrared exposures taken by the Wide Field Camera 3. The surrounding region is composed of visible-light observations taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys.

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster Westerlund 2 and its surroundings. The image’s central region, containing the star cluster, blends visible-light data taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys and near-infrared exposures taken by the Wide Field Camera 3. The surrounding region is composed of visible-light observations taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Our universe is amazing.

I’ve been reading a lot the past few days about outer space, and it’s blowing my mind! Contemplating the scale of our universe makes you see how simply minuscule we are in comparison. We’ve hardly explored our own galaxy and yet there are billions more, literally, throughout the universe that we can only imagine. I love that at any moment, but especially on a dark clear night, we can look up and see amazing beauty that blows our minds and makes us think about bigger things than a superficial life. How are money, possessions, and petty problems, relevant when there is a MASSIVE universe out there – likely with a ton of other life. And we’re over here, while knowing very little about it, we’re content to care about superficial things. When what really matters is understanding how we fit into all of this.

I love that I’ve opened my eyes to the exploration of understanding our universe. I feel as though the simple act of thinking about and appreciating the size of our universe, and how it functions, brings you to a deeper connection and understanding about life, and takes you away from the mundane. I just wanted to write a baby blog post on this topic, because I’ve been consumed with excitement about this stuff for a few days now. But just a baby one, because I still know so very very very little (and I’m sure I’ll embarrass myself with my lack of knowledge haha). I’m sure I’ll be blogging about the universe a ton in the future. So for now, please feel free to share your thoughts and insights!

Here are some beautiful quotes on this topic by some great individuals:

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

– Stephen Hawking

“He who can no longer look up at the stars and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

– Einstein

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

– Van Gogh

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