Have you got a moment to spare? It will take about four minutes to join me on a fantastical journey through the planets and stars. Deviating from my usual paths, I set my sights heavenward with help from the newly completed 20-year Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Their short video found on YouTube represents the most detailed 3-dimensional map of the night sky. It measures positions and distances of more than 4 million galaxies and quasars where Earth is revealed to be smaller than the smallest of specks. Such a splendidly designed map is sure to shed better light on the mysteries of the universe. As life on our infinitesimal globe struggles and thrives, it is hard to believe that we alone speculate in the cold vastness of the cosmos. Surely unknown life forms in space and time are also awestruck and wonder about their origins.
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, taken for laughs a while back.
Explore more horizons at SKYWATCH and OUR WORLD.
Postscript, August 2: In keeping with the theme of this post, I want to acknowledge that astronauts Behnken and Hurley came back to Earth following their historic 63-day off planet mission. Check out their return speeches HERE.
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Because the state of our planet is the most pressing issue of our time, link up and learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.
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