YOU SHOULD CARE BECAUSE SHE TAUGHT US OUR HERITAGE. SHE TOLD US ALL ABOUT THE HOOD
We are about to lose one of our all-time great teachers. She went live in 1993 and now, after a spectacular life, will be gone in a few years. She will be cremated in a fiery death over the Pacific. She’s nothing more than a telescope, and yet the most complex observation instrument man has ever built.
What did she do?
Pause a moment to consider what she’s done for you before she disappears. She made you so much better informed and yet simultaneously made your universe infinitesimally smaller
You were probably born into a world that didn’t even know when it all began. Nobody even contemplated the exact birthday of our universe (the year was 13.7 billion BC) until Hubble. Einstein and the rest of us believe planets moved, but the stars remained static. Then Mother Hubble demonstrated that was wrong. All of the parts of the universe are racing away from all the other parts. That has been going on since the Big Bang.
The generation that was born before you knew that our Milky Way was the universe. Hubble taught us the Milky Way is just one of a fraternity of galaxies. Beyond our insignificantly small Milky Way are billions of galaxies and stars too numerous to count
Is this something with meaning to you?
So what? Why do we care about these multiple planets, black holes, and space gas?
Think about all those explosions and gracious material. They are our beginning too. Our component atoms originated out there among those gasses and explosions. They became your bones, skin and sweat on your brow. Those dusty galaxies are the hood where we began. That’s our history, no less than our genealogy that Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates tells us about.
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