Photo taken in 1990 by NASA upon leaving our solar system, at the request of Mr. Carl Sagan.
What’s the pale blue dot, you ask?
Why, it’s… us. Planet Earth, reduced to a pixel in a sunbeam.
One way I know I’ve grown from my liberal arts education: walked out of a gen ed class absolutely blown away.
It took only 1.5 hours of Stellar Astronomy to remind me that I am so insignificant. Heck, the entire planet, solar system, galaxy in which we live is so insignificant compared to the rest of the universe. What’s cool is that humans have been able to comprehend a lot about the universe. Even more incredible is that even professional astronomers, scientists who study this stuff for a living, don’t know exactly how many galaxies there are or how a planet is really formed …
The entire universe is shrouded in endless mystery.
We concluded class with a fresh perspective on these words of David:
“O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?”
Psalm 8:1,3-4 ESV