Our Place in Space

Our Solar System is really large from our perspective on our small blue planet. In the grand scheme of the Universe and other galaxies however, we are a speck of dust, if not smaller. I always find that reading Astronomy gives me such a broader perspective of my existence, and no matter how incomprehensibly large the Universe may seem, it gives me a sense of wonder and adventure.

The great science communicator, Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space wrote some of the most poetic and beautiful pieces about our place in space. Here is one of my favorites:

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

You can see from the image below, Earth pales in comparison to the other planets. Can we just talk about how ginormous Jupiter is?!
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Today, we know more than any civilization has ever known. And, we’ve only scratched the surface of what there is to know about our Universe. Never lose your sense of wonder. It’s what has kept our civilizations and humanity going for so long.

Olivia

Plants & Flowers in Space

There are two things in life that I cannot verbalize my intense passion for…. flowers and space. So you can imagine I totally freaked out when I stumbled upon Japanese artist Makoto Azuma’s incredible photographs of plants and flowers against the background of space. In an interview with NY Times T Magazine he explained, “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space.”

I feel transported to another place when I look at his photography, he captures so much intense beauty.

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You should check out the rest of his work. It is absolutely stunning and inspiring!

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Makoto Azuma’s website: http://azumamakoto.com/

NY Times T Magazine article

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-Olivia

SPACE EXPLORATION // Hubble Telescope

Lately I’ve been feeling if I could travel back in time I would be an astronomer or physicist. There is something so overwhelmingly beautiful about looking out into space and thinking about how the world works. Most of what we see, and can’t see, can be explained by laws of science. Amazing!

One of the earliest moments I remember being fascinated by space was when I was in grade school and I was chosen from my elementary class to go and learn about NASA. We got to use real telescopes, learn about the moon, and got to built our own telescopes out of cardboard. It’s amazing the memories that will inspire and stay with you longterm.

If you ever want to feel incredibly insignificant yet beautifully significant you should check out NASA’s Hubble Telescope photos of nebulae, stars, galaxies, and planets. To me, it’s most certainly one of the most inspiring things ever!

 

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I find myself diving into the world of the sciences. I can’t wait to share what I discover.

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I encourage you to check out NASA’s wesbite for inspiring photos. You can also follow them on instagram!

Xo,

Olivia